Breast Cancer Awareness Month

beta glucanOctober is breast cancer awareness month, helping to spread the message regarding the importance of looking out for the beginning signs of breast cancer.

It is estimated that one in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime making it a disease that leaves hardly anybody’s lives untouched.

However, by finding the disease early, it is a lot more treatable and can be cured entirely, so knowing the steps to take to check your body every now and then could provide vital.

How do you do this?

A majority of people rely on TLC, which stands for touch, look and check. Here’s why:

Touch

It is important to feel your breasts on a regular basis so that you can be aware of any changes.

Having a lump doesn’t always mean that the lump is visible, besides if you get used to doing this on a regular basis, you will be more likely to spot any abnormalities if they do occur.

Look

Looking at your breasts can be just as important as feeling for lumps, as this is what is on the surface.

The most important signs to look out for are any changes in size or shape, your skin changing texture or colour (becoming inflamed), change in the direction of your nipple, nipple discharge or crusting or a rash.

If you find that you can see one of these changes, make an appointment with your GP.

Check

This is just a final reminder to check your breasts on a regular basis.

Doing so can help put your mind at ease, and in the circumstance that you do spot anything unusual, you will be able to visit your GP earlier and either find that this is normal, or get the treatment that you need as soon as possible.

Period Pain and How to Relieve It

beta glucanSome women have a hard time when it comes to their time of the month.

Not only can it cause lots of pain and discomfort, but it can also cause a loss of time at work and school.

Of course, not all women suffer from period pain to the same extent, however, regardless of the amount of pain felt, it is important to realize that it is a normal part of the cycle, and part of the way the body works.

When you come on to your period, mild contractions start to pass through your womb.

When this happens, the blood vessels in the womb get cut off, stopping the flow of blood and oxygen from flowing freely to your womb like it would usually.

When this happens, the womb begins to release chemicals that trigger pain throughout your body, including your back, legs and tummy.

Sometimes, when these pain triggers are particularly strong, they can have the effect of making some women physically sick with the pain. At this point it is probably time to see your doctor.

Yet, if you do suffer from bad periods and don’t want to rely on painkillers, there are some things that can help you to fight it naturally….

  1. Exercise: It’s probably the last thing that you want to do when you’re on your period, but it can help to ease the pain and relax your muscles.
  2. A warm bath: A warm bath has a similar effect to exercising in that it relaxes your muscles. This is important as the more relaxed your muscles are, the less constricted the blood vessels become, meaning that less pain inducing chemicals are released. A warm compress such as a hot water bottle can also help.
  3. Yoga and meditation: The more relaxed you are when you are on your period, the more relaxed your muscles become, making the pain easier to deal with.