Can Breast Cancer be Treated with Alternative Treatments?
Discover some alternative treatments to try before you have surgery for breast cancer.
Breast cancer is a very scary term for any woman. Although breast cancer is more prevalent in women, it can affect men of all ages, as well. Breast cancer is a malignant tissue that forms inside the breast. Cells attacked by this tissue become damaged and causes them to divide and grow until a lump is formed. This lump is the first physical sign of breast cancer.
Ductal carcinoma is the most common form of breast cancer. It forms in the ducts of the breast. One of the least common forms of breast cancer is invasive lobular carcinoma, which forms in the lobules of the breast.
What causes breast cancer?
The causes are not exactly known. However, there are many risk factors that can be studied and used to try and prevent this horrible disease. While there can be many different risk factors, the two most common are gender and age.
• Gender tends to be the biggest risk factor, as breast cancer mainly affects women.
• Age is critical, as well. While breast cancer can occur at any age, the risk increases with age.
• White women are at a slightly more increased chance to get breast cancer than African American women in the U.S.
• A woman who has been diagnosed before with breast cancer has a greater increased risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast or in another part of the same breast.
• Women who have children later in life, overweight people and people who smoke or drink or experience menopause later increase their chances of getting breast cancer.
• Family history is a risk factor to consider.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
Generally there are not any symptoms in early breast cancer and there is generally not any pain. Breast cancer is discovered many times during an abnormality on a mammography or if a lump is discovered.
• A lump found in the armpit or above the collarbone can be a sign of cancer if it does not go away.
• Breast discharge, especially bloody discharge, should be evaluated.
• Nipple inversion is common, even in a normal nipple; however, if it is a new development, you should be concerned.
What are some alternative treatments for breast cancer?
While the most common way to treat breast cancer is surgery, there are other less unpleasant alternatives to surgery you can try. It is very important that you contact your doctor and discuss these treatments with him/her. More discoveries are being made as far as the benefits and results from using these natural alternatives.
Here are some of the alternative treatments:
Massage: This involves massaging the breast and lymph. This is a natural process that helps to drain the lymph. The massage should last approximately an hour. Massage helps as blockage in the lymph system is linked to breast cancer.
Bio-photonic light therapy, in conjunction with massage, is helpful to restoring the amount of energy in a cell through using UV rays. This helps energy levels in the cells go down when they are affected by free radicals.
Supplements, such as B12 and flaxseed oil have been known to be helpful during treatment.
The most effective natural remedy is Vitamin D3. It is not easy to get the right amount of Vitamin D through its natural source (the sun). Vitamin D has calcitriol, which has been proven to prevent cancer cells from developing.