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10 Warning Signs Of Cervical Cancer

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10 Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer
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Hearing the word cancer from your physician’s mouth can be terrifying. Whether or not you have a familial history of cancer, being diagnosed with it is still hard to accept. Screening – both by a physician and doing your own self examination – is such an important aspect of cancer prevention because the earlier the disease is caught, the greater the chances of cure. Understanding cervical cancer as a disease is a step all on its own – a step many of us need to take, whether or not we have been diagnosed with it. Here are 10 warning signs of cervical cancer:

1 – Bleeding between menstrual cycles
In healthy women, bleeding normally occurs only during the menstrual period, when the uterus sheds its lining. Be aware of your normal menstrual cycle and note any bleeding that occurs between your cycles. [1]

2 – Bleeding after sexual intercourse, douching, or pelvic examination
Sexual intercourse, douching, or pelvic examinations should only cause mild to moderate discomfort – never pain or bleeding. [1]

3 – Bleeding after menopause
After menopause, a woman’s regular menstrual cycles have halted – meaning a halt in the monthly shedding of the uterine lining. Any bleeding after menopause should be a cause of concern. [1]

4 – Increased vaginal discharge
Some women experience white discharge from their vagina (sometimes called “white menstruation”), which can be white to very pale yellow in color. Note an increase or change in the consistency, color, or amount of your normal vaginal discharge, especially if the discharge contains blood. [1]

The first four symptoms focus on one major symptom – bleeding. Bleeding that is out of the norm could be coming from damage or growth in or on cervical tissue, which happens when cancer cells have already affected the cervix. [2]

5 — Irregularities in your menstrual cycle
Aside from abnormal bleeding, cervical cancer can also affect the hormones in the body, causing a disruption in the normal menstrual cycle. [2]

6 – Pelvic pain
Women commonly feel pain in the pelvic area during ovulation and menstruation but intense and prolonged pain may be caused by something else; seek medical attention immediately if the pelvic pain is persistent and is not relieved by medication. [1] [2]

7 – Painful urination
When it hurts to urinate (coupled by other symptoms on this list) the cervical cancer may have already spread to surrounding tissues or any growths may be blocking the urinary tract or ureters, making it hard to urinate and causing damage to the kidney and bladder. [2]

8 – Leg pain and edema (swelling)
Similarly, cervical growths can block the circulation to and from the leg, which causes pain and edema (swelling) in one or both legs. [2]

9 – Urine or stool in the vagina
Advanced stages of cervical cancer can cause great damage to surrounding tissue. The leakage of urine or stool into the vagina can be caused by a fistula forming between the vagina and either the bladder or rectum. [2]

10 – Sudden weight loss and fatigue
As with all cancers, sudden weight loss and fatigue are possible signs. Cancer cells grow and multiply at an alarming, uncontrollable rate, which taxes the body – leading to loss of weight and energy. [2]

Anti-cancer diet tips: See also our full lists of 34 Anticancer Foods and 60 Anticancer Herbs.

References:

[1] National Cancer Institute (2012). What You Need To Know About Cervical Cancer. http://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/cervix.pdf

[2] WebMD (2012). Cervical Cancer – Symptoms. http://www.webmd.com/cancer/cervical-cancer/cervical-cancer-symptoms


Breast Cancer Awareness And Prevention Tips

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Breast Cancer Awareness And Prevention Tips
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What do you know about breast cancer other than it affects breast tissue? Breast cancer is extremely serious; while majority of cases occur in women, many people are surprised to learn that men are sometimes affected. This is because both sexes have breast tissue – not just women.

There are numerous different signs and symptoms of breast cancer, as well as different tests that can be done to diagnose it. We’ve listed many of these in the article as well as the infographic but the most important thing we need to say is that online information should never be used to replace an actual diagnosis. Regular screening is vital and early detection really could save your life.

The Statistics for Breast Cancer
According to Breastcancer.org, roughly 1 in 8 American women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime – that’s 12 percent of the US female population. In 2014, about 240,000 invasive and 63,000 non-invasive breast cancer cases were expected to be diagnosed in women. In men, the numbers were much lower – a predicted 2,400 invasive cases were expected in the same year. The risk of men getting breast cancer is 1 in 1,000. [1]

Breast Cancer Risk Factors
The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is increasing age – more so than heredity. Only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are due to inheritance of mutated genes. The rest are caused by genetic mutations due to the wear and tear experienced by the body during aging. Gene mutations that predispose people to breast cancer are those that affect the BRCA1 and BRCA2 – in both men and women. [2]

Other risk factors include:
• Alcohol intake
• Breast tissue density
• Early menarche (first menstrual period) and late menopause
• Exposure to radiation in the breast or chest area
• Nulliparity (no born children)
• Older age during birth of first child
• Obesity
• Personal history of breast cancer
• Use of hormones (contraceptive or hormone therapy) [2]

Did you know that antiperspirants have also been implicated as a possible breast cancer risk? Regular deodorants can contain:

Aluminum – linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease
Phthalates – these chemicals are endocrine disruptors
Propylene glycol – common name: antifreeze
Formaldehyde – a known carcinogen
Parabens – have been found in biopsied tissue with breast cancer
Antibacterials – may affect the immune system [3]

Check out our tutorial on How to Make Your Own Natural Deodorants Without Toxic Chemical Ingredients.

Warning Signs and Symptoms
• A lump or growth in the breast or armpit
• Breast pain (“mastalgia”) or tenderness
• Nipple discharge
• Nipple retraction
• Enlargement of one breast – while breasts are generally non-symmetrical, noticeable enlargement of one breast can be a sign of concern
• Dimpling of the breast skin or an “orange peel” like texture
• Vaginal pain
• Sudden weight loss
• Enlarged axillary lymph nodes (lymph nodes in the armpit)
• Visible veins on the breast [4]

Screening for Breast Cancer
There are several examinations you can undergo to check your breast health. They include: (1) mammograms, (2) ultrasounds, (3) MRIs, and (4) biopsy of breast tissue. These tests can diagnose if breast cancer is affecting the ducts, lobes, or tissue of the breast – the most common areas affected by breast cancer cells. Breast cancer can also potentially manifest in axillary tissue or spread to other parts of the body, including other parts of the female reproductive system like the ovaries, uterus, or cervix. [5] If breast cancer is metastatic, it means that it is spreading to other parts of the body. If breast cancer reaches the fourth stage, it has most likely metastasized to the brain, bones, lungs, or liver. [6]

References:

[1] Breastcancer.org (2014). US Breast Cancer Statistics. http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics

[2] National Cancer Institute (2015). Breast Cancer Treatment (PDQ). http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/healthprofessional/page1#_952_toc

[3] http://wellnessmama.com/25432/detox-your-armpits/

[4] Krans, B. & Cafasso, J. (2015). Warning Signs of Breast Cancer. http://www.healthline.com/health/breast-cancer/warning-signs#Overview1

[5] Horikawa, M., et. al. (2012). Metastatic Breast Cancer To The Uterine Cervix Mimicking A Giant Cervical Leiomyoma. http://www.med.nagoya-u.ac.jp/medlib/nagoya_j_med_sci/7434/13_Horikawa.pdf

[6] National Cancer Institute (2013). Metastatic Cancer Fact Sheet. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/what-is-cancer/metastatic-fact-sheet




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Blood Orange Compound Stops 100% Of Lung Cancer Growth In Vitro

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Blood Orange Compound Stops 100 Percent of Lung Cancer Growth In Vitro
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Blood oranges derive their lovely, rich red coloring from a rather remarkable compound that goes by the name of cyanidin 3-glucoside (C3G). C3G is not found in ordinary oranges but is also found in a number of other red / purple fruits including blackberries, strawberries, blackcurrants and cranberries.

Scientists have discovered that C3G is not only active at 100% success against cancer cells in vitro (i.e. in laboratory glassware tests on cells) but also reduced actual lung tumors in mice by 50% and suppressed metastasis by over 70%! [1] That’s an amazing result against actual cancer and highly indicative that such effects will prove beneficial to humans also.

These results are not unique to one study and other studies have found cyanidin 3-glucoside to be beneficial against lung cancer cells. [2]

The cyanidin group of compounds, of which C3G is a member, are a type of anthocyanin – which are natural pigments responsible for the red and purple color of many fruits – including not only blood oranges but also red grapes, bilberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, elderberries, loganberries, acai berries and raspberries. [3]

There are other magnificent health benefits of blood oranges: Recent clinical trials on adults demonstrated that they reduced risk for heart disease. In vivo tests have shown suppressed weight gain and prevention of fat accumulation in the liver, indicating that blood oranges have potential to assist with weight loss.

Furthermore, numerous other studies have found anti-cancer effects for anthocyanins: In both in vitro and in vivo research trials, anthocyanins have demonstrated a marked ability to reduce cancer cell proliferation and to inhibit tumor formation. [4]

One of the challenges of the study of the effect of anthocyanins such as C3G on human health is that these compounds are somewhat broken down by digestion – however it is widely agreed on that at least some of the anthocyanins are “getting where they need to go” and that they play multifaceted roles in human health maintenance. Their importance to health is gradually becoming more recognized with numerous studies reporting health benefits of all kinds. [3]

Hugely important tip to increase the amount of anthocyanins you are getting by over 50%: Anthocyanin concentrations have been found by top scientists to be an astonishing 51% higher in organically grown fruit. Also, they are at their most potent when the fruit is fresh – and note that heating / storage can diminish the amounts of these valuable compounds.

For the very best results either peel and eat the organic fruit as normal, or invest in a hydraulic juice press such as the Welles ($399) or even the “Rolls Royce” of juicers, the Norwalk ($2500). These are expensive but do an amazing job of preserving the nutritional quality of the produce – reportedly creating a superior product than a high speed juicer. And when you are fighting against a pernicious disease like cancer – or even reducing your risks – you want every bit of “edge” that you can get. I have to say though – I’m thinking you could do almost as well with a good ole’ lemon squeezer for about five bucks!

To learn more on the fascinating topic of juicing as an alternative cancer therapy, check out this renowned book on Gerson Therapy.

Many thanks to The Eden Prescription from bringing this research to our attention.

References:

[1] Cyanidin-3-glucoside, a natural product derived from blackberry, exhibits chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic activity (2006) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16618699

[2] Mulberry anthocyanins, cyanidin 3-rutinoside and cyanidin 3-glucoside, exhibited an inhibitory effect on the migration and invasion of a human lung cancer cell line. (2008) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15975709

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanidin

[4] Anthocyanins and Human Health: An In Vitro Investigative Approach (2004) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1082894/