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Monthly Breast Exam

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Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness month, hopefully every female has done a breast exam and set up a system to check her breast each month.  This is not an “old lady” disease!  I have seen woman in my office that were diagnosed at 35 years of age and you still hear of woman younger being diagnosed.  The exam takes all of 2-minutes to do but it can save your life!

Some tips for BSE:

  • Try to get in the habit of doing a breast self-examination once a month to familiarize yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel. Examine yourself several days after your period ends, when your breasts are least likely to be swollen and tender. If you are no longer having periods, choose a day that’s easy to remember, such as the first or last day of the month.
  • Don’t panic if you think you feel a lump. Most women have some lumps or lumpy areas in their breasts all the time. In the United States, only 20% of women who have a suspicious lump biopsied turn out to have breast cancer.
  • Breasts tend to have different “neighborhoods.” The upper, outer area — near your armpit — tends to have the most prominent lumps and bumps. The lower half of your breast can feel like a sandy or pebbly beach. The area under the nipple can feel like a collection of large grains. Another part might feel like a lumpy bowl of oatmeal.What’s important is that you get to know the look and feel of YOUR breasts’ various neighborhoods. Does something stand out as different from the rest (like a rock on a sandy beach)? Has anything changed? Bring to the attention of your doctor any changes in your breasts that last over a full month’s cycle OR seem to get worse or more obvious over time.
  • You may want to start a journal where you record the findings of your breast self-exams. This can be like a small map of your breasts, with notes about where you feel lumps or irregularities. Especially in the beginning, this may help you remember, from month to month, what is “normal” for your breasts. It is not unusual for lumps to appear at certain times of the month, but then disappear, as your body changes with the menstrual cycle (if you are still menstruating). Only changes that last beyond one full cycle, or seem to get bigger or more prominent in some way, need your doctor’s attention.

Click on the link to show you how to do a breast exam.  Mark it on your calendar and get in the habit of checking monthly.  Information listed above provided by http://www.breastcancer.org.

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Happy Autumn, everyone!  We have different seasons in Florida than the rest of the country.  In Florida, our seasons go like this:  Cool, Hot, Hotter, and Muggy Hot.  Autumn would be a mix of Muggy Hot with a few cool days mixed in now and then.  I do love living in Florida and would not trade in our seasons for Warm, Hot, Cold and Freezing.  Florida has been in my blood for too long and I have learned to embrace it.  Where else can it be a cool 32-degrees outside with clear, blue, sunny skies?

As many of you already know, cold/flu season is here or coming, depending on which news channel you listen.  I encourage all of my clients to schedule a “Fall Tune-Up” to help prepare and strengthen their immune system for the flu season.  It is also a great time to stock up on herbal remedies and essential oils to use upon the first signs of a cold/flu or help ward off viruses.  Wherever you live and the seasons you enjoy, it is a good thing to schedule “Seasonal Tune-Ups” with your local acupuncturist.

As Acupuncturists, we focus on the changes in the air, environment and how they affect our bodies.  This allows us to strengthen the channels that will be affected during the season, as well as supplying you with herbal medications and essential oils that address the common ailments of the season and continue to build your immune system, helping you fight off infections.

If you live around the Jacksonville area, for a limited time, I am offering New and Existing clients a discount on the “Fall Tune-Up.”  Visit my website, www.AWayOfLifeAcupuncture.com, for details.  Forward this information to your friends and family so they too, can start experiencing the benefits of acupuncture.  Schedule your appointment now, to begin strengthening and preparing your body for the cold/flu season.

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