Breast Health—Know the Facts
October 09, 2019
Submitted by Ginger Perry, RPh, Vital Care Compounder
Women experience breast changes throughout life. Age, hormone levels and balance, pregnancy, and medications can influence size, texture, tenderness, and pain of breast tissue. Breast tissue changes are identified as benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Breast conditions such as fibrocystic breasts, fluid filled cysts, fibroids, a woman’s menstrual cycle-related lumps and changes, as well as pregnancy related changes may sometimes be worrisome or frustrating but are considered to be benign conditions.
Some symptoms of breast changes include lumps, skin thickening and or redness, pain or nipple discharge. A lump in the breast tissue is what most women associate with breast cancer. But for the most part, lumps are benign, especially in younger women. Redness or skin thickening may be caused by a benign inflammatory condition called mastitis. This is normally caused by an infection common in women who are breastfeeding. Breast pain or tenderness is most often associated with changes in hormone levels especially related to a women’s menstrual cycle.
Another symptom of breast changes that can cause alarm is nipple discharge. This normally indicates fibrocystic or ductile changes. Even though most of the time these symptoms are found to be associated with conditions that are not life-threatening, ALWAYS address any changes in breast tissue with a physician who can guide you to take the necessary steps for appropriate diagnosis.
Although a benign diagnosis is a great relief, the problem may still exist or re-occur, continuing to frustrate and interfere with quality of life. Fortunately there are lifestyle changes and supplemental resources to help women treat symptoms and improve breast health. Making good nutritional choices that support healthy breast tissue include increasing fiber, decreasing sugar and caffeine, and selecting foods rich in omega 3’s, carotenoids, and leafy greens. Maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco products, and regular exercise are also beneficial. There are also pharmaceutical solutions to help with symptoms and promote breast health. These include supplements like indol-3-carbinol, DIM, fish oil, and vitamins D, E & A. It is important to choose pharmaceutical grade supplements so you know you are getting the most benefit from them. Balancing hormones during peri-menopause and menopause can also greatly improve symptoms associated with hormonal fluctuations.
Ask your compounding pharmacist for suggestions for proper supplementation and discuss ideal hormone balance to assure you are doing everything you can to improve breast health. Medical magazine articles, books, and your compounding pharmacist provide a wealth of information for women who are determined to control their own breast health.
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