Breast Changes: What is Normal?

We all know to regularly check our breasts for odd or new changes, as they can be a sign of something much more serious.

Most women have changes in their breasts during their lifetime. Many of these changes are caused by hormones or can be caused by the normal ageing process. Most of these changes are not cancer; they are called benign changes. However, if you notice a breast change and you have suspicions or are uncertain, don’t wait until your next mammogram. Make an appointment to get it checked.

  • Young women who have not gone through menopause often have more dense tissue in their breasts. The Dense tissue has more glandular and connective tissue and less fat tissue. This kind of tissue makes mammograms harder to interpret–because both dense tissue and tumours show up as solid white areas on x-ray images. Breast tissue gets less dense as women get older.
  • Before or during your menstrual periods, your breasts may feel swollen, tender, or painful. You may also feel one or more lumps during this time because of extra fluid in your breasts. These changes usually go away by the end of your menstrual cycle. Because some lumps are caused by normal hormone changes, your healthcare provider may have you come back for a return visit, at a different time in your menstrual cycle.
  • During pregnancy, your breasts may feel lumpy. This is usually because the glands that produce milk are increasing in number and getting larger.
  • While breastfeeding, you may get a condition called mastitis. This happens when a milk duct becomes blocked. Mastitis causes the breast to look red and feel lumpy, warm, and tender. It may be caused by an infection and it is often treated with antibiotics. Sometimes the duct may need to be drained. If the redness or mastitis does not go away with treatment, call your health care provider.
  • As you approach menopause, your menstrual periods may come less often. Your hormone levels also change. This can make your breasts feel tender, even when you are not having your menstrual period. Your breasts may also feel lumpier than they did before.
  • If you are taking hormones (such as menopausal hormone therapy, birth control pills, or injections) your breasts may become denser. This can make a mammogram harder to interpret. Be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are taking hormones.
  • When you stop having menstrual periods (menopause), your hormone levels drop, and your breast tissue becomes less dense and fattier. You may stop having any lumps, pain, or nipple discharge that you used to have. And because your breast tissue is less dense, mammograms may be easier to interpret.

To read more, click on the link below!

https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/understanding-breast-changes

Take This Survey and Make a Difference for Cancer Survivors Worldwide

Last year, Denise Stewart coordinated the first online Breast Cancer Summit. Experts from around the globe gave talks on subjects relevant to those who are facing changes and challenges after their breast cancer diagnosis and surgery. Many people took part in the online learning and now she is doing it all again! Answer a few of the questions from this online survey so that the Summit can offer what you need most!

“The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness Summit being launched July 31 and the goal is to help people across the world take action to recover well after breast cancer.

Can you help guide us? We want to deliver the best online health Summit for breast cancer survivors. It will be the first ever online Breast Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness Summit. We need to know your thoughts about what information you need to help you recover better.

Women and men across the world have similar difficulties during their recovery stage and when trying to achieve their best health and well-being after the intensive breast cancer treatment.

The Summit is a health awareness project to help people learn more about specific health problems and in this case, it is the many side effects and problems that arise after having a breast cancer diagnosis and medical treatment.”

Click the link below to enter the survey. It will only take about a minute to click through the questions.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdC826-UUB4qsewPzUjSBQGrzp80Guq1nYi0b75rgLGNMShHw/viewform?c=0&w=1

Popping Up In A Town Near You!

So far Bressante has had TWO successful Pop Up Shops in Selkirk and Brandon, Manitoba! 

The Pop Up Shops have been led by the wonderful Linda and Jeannette. Our first Pop Up was at Home Health Care Pharmacy in Brandon.

Then we hooked up with Jeanie, the owner of Bella Ragazza Lingerie and Swimwear Boutique in Selkirk. 

Both were a great success! We fitted a few ladies with their new Bressante prosthetics and we had even more referred to our clinic in Winnipeg!

Thank YOU for making these Pop-Ups a great hit. We hope to put on many more! 

If you want us to put together a pop-up shop in your establishment, give us a call @ 1-800-607 -7645

Breast Cancer in Young Women

 

Young women can have breast cancer. It’s not as shocking as it once was when the news comes out that a woman in her twenties is diagnosed with breast cancer. Chances are slim, but it does happen. Young women who develop breast cancer so early have the stress of possibly becoming infertile from the chemotherapy, radiation and anti-estrogen medication to handle when diagnosed with cancer that is hormone sensitive. Having eggs frozen, possibly not being able to ever breastfeed are both painful to come to terms with, and exhausting. 

It’s not as shocking as it once was when the news came out that a woman in her twenties was diagnosed with breast cancer. The chances these days are still slim, but it does happen. Young women who develop breast cancer so early have the stress of possibly becoming infertile from the chemotherapy, radiation and anti-estrogen medication. Having eggs frozen, possibly not being able to ever breastfeed are both painful to come to terms with, and exhausting. 

Lindsey Hope Finkelstein was diagnosed with breast cancer after she noticed her right nipple bleeding. She had an ultrasound and then a biopsy. She was tested negative for five genes linked to breast cancer. Somehow she still developed a tumour behind her right nipple. The doctors still don’t know what caused her cancer, and so she has donated her tumour to research. Read more about her inspiring journey at the link below.

 

 http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/when-young-women-get-breast-cancer

New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors Review


Bill Aron
is a photographer whose photos have been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the United States and Israel, including the Museum of Modern Art, the International Centre for Photography and several other galleries worldwide. Aron lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons, where he is most likely the only photographer with a PhD in sociology.

His most recent book, “New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors,” focuses on survivors who have not let their diagnosis prevent them from living their lives to the fullest; in many cases, the diagnosis has served as motivation to better their lives. The book invokes strength, resilience and a positive outlook for anyone beginning their cancer recovery journey. Aron himself said he wanted to create a book that encouraged even the most cynical individual.

The book is worth a look; there is a story on just about every page of courage and overcoming one of life’s most difficult curve balls. You’ll enjoy the stories and will probably want to share them with your friends. 

A selection of Bill Aron’s work can be seen on his web site, www.billaron.com.

His book can be found here

Healthy Ways for Spouses to Cope After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Coping in Healthy Ways After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

http://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/anxiety-common-for-partners-of-young-dx-women

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, everyone around her is likely to be affected in some way.  There is often stress and anxiety for the patient and those closest to them. Spouses are confronted with feelings they have not had to deal with before, and knowing how to cope in the healthiest way possible is important for their mental, emotional and physical well-being.

Prosthetic Nipples

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Technology is advancing very quickly. One area of reconstructive medicine that is exceptionally challenging is restoring the nipple and areola after mastectomy surgery for breast cancer treatment. Surgeons find it challenging for several reasons: the tissue is quite delicate and requires a blood supply; providing pigmentation to match the remaining areola and nipple requires medical tattooing and finally, protecting the new surgical nipple and areola while it heals involves wearing an apparatus that resembles an 80’s Madonna cone bra. 

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Online Summit

Online International Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit

Wendy was contacted by Denise Stewart, an Occupational Therapist from Australia to make a presentation sharing her professional experience and opinions on breast cancer rehabilitation. Denise has produced a unique online summit for healthcare professionals to collaborate on the best way to help their patients.This summit brings together speakers from around the globe who will talk about a variety of issues concerning breast cancer rehabilitation. What happens after breast cancer treatment is often overlooked. This summit will be a step towards changing that. The main topic of Wendy’s presentation is breast prosthetics and will also touch on art as therapy for both patients and caregivers. Wendy’s talk will be up on day three of the summit.