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Unusual Signs That May Indicate Breast Cancer

Unusual Signs That May Indicate Breast Cancer

BEYOND LUMPS:
OTHER SIGNS OF BREAST CANCER

 

Many of us know to check for irregular breast lumps. But from skin surface changes to unusual mass in other regions, here are some relatively unknown breast cancer signs you should know about: 

 

SKIN DIMPLING

If your skin is dimpling- meaning the skin has a texture similar to an orange peel- it could be a sign of breast cancer. This is often associated with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). 

 

NIPPLE RETRACTION

Most people’s nipples stick out, but it is possible to have inverted nipples. BUT what is concerning is if your nipple used to stick out and is now starting to pull inward. Nipple retraction can be caused by a tumor that’s located in the center of the breast. 

 

LYMPH NODE CHANGES 

Lymph nodes are small, round collections of immune system tissue that filter fluid and capture potentially harmful cells. If a cancer cell leaves the breast, the first place it travels is to the underarm lymph node area (this can lead to swelling in the area). 

 

REDNESS OR A RASH

Your boobs are regularly subjected to things that can irritate them, like your bra, lotions, and soaps. BUT if you notice red rash on your breast that feels warm to the touch and is persistent, you should get it checked out. In some cases, it could be a sign of INFLAMMATORY BREAST CANCER, a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. 

 

If you find something off with your breasts, always be on the safe side and have it checked by your doctor. 

Does Antiperspirant Cause Breast Cancer? Here’s What You Should Know

Does Antiperspirant Cause Breast Cancer? Here’s What You Should Know

The topic of antiperspirant and breast cancer is very controversial. Although it has not been scientifically proven yet that antiperspirant causes breast cancer, there are more medical studies and research indicating that there are possible links between the two.

Using antiperspirant exposes you to several ‘chemicals of concern’ 365 days a year.    The area so close to your lymph nodes receiving a dose of highly suspicious chemicals every day is worth thinking about.

 

High levels of sex hormone may be linked to breast cancer

Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone and plays an important role in the development and regulation of the female reproductive system, including the breasts. Researchers from the University of Thessaly, Greece, found that aluminum chloride found in antiperspirants could increase estrogen receptors (ER) and estrogen gene expression in breast tissue.

Why does that matter?

Several studies have shown that high levels of estrogen have been linked to breast cancer cell growth. Estrogen has been shown to stimulate cancer growth in estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer. Approximately 65% of breast cancer patients have ER positive breast cancer.

 

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Photo by Engin Akyurt.

 

Research study showed aluminum transformed skin cells into tumor cells

The University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine, conducted a research study where they exposed the skin cells of mice to the same amount of aluminum chloride found in antiperspirants.  

The skin cells of mice were extracted and then cultured with aluminum chloride for 6 months. They then injected 10 mice with the aluminum cultured skin cells and after 5 weeks, they found 8 of the 10 mice had developed tumors and the tumors had metastasized into their lungs.

Not only did prolonged exposure to aluminum turn skin cells into tumor cells, but they can also bypass the body’s immune cells which work to protect the body against tumors.

 

Breast cancer that metastasizes is much harder to treat

Breast cancer that metastasizes (ability to spread to other parts of the body) is a lot more serious, more likely to reoccur later on, and harder to treat than localized breast cancer.

There is a large concentration of lymph nodes near the breast tissue and underarm (axillary lymph nodes). If the cancer spreads to the lymph nodes, it can easily spread to the rest of the body via the bloodstream. The more lymph nodes that are affected by cancer, the more likely the cancer will reoccur.

 

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Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán.

 

Reduce your exposure of aluminum chloride

The simplest way to avoid aluminum is by using aluminum-free natural deodorant. This may also help reduce your chance of forming estrogen receptors (ER) positive breast cancer in the long run.  

Before switching to natural deodorant, find out which type of natural deodorant would work best for your body chemistry.

 

Photo by Pablo Heimplatz.

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