Most women know someone whose life has been affected by breast cancer, which is the most common cancer among Australian women. Using functional pathology testing, it is possible to identify a major risk factor in developing breast cancer and effectively reduce this risk using natural treatments.
The National Breast and Ovarian Centre has recently launched an online risk calculator to help you assess whether you have an increased or decreased overall breast cancer risk.
In clinic, Belinda assesses all women for their breast cancer risk and uses specialised pathology testing to quantify potential risk. Oestrogen dominance has long been implicated in breast cancer development. Every woman actually has three different types of oestrogen. Two of these increase the risk of breast cancer, while the other type reduces the risk of breast cancer.
Every woman should have the levels of all 3 oestrogens measured. This can easily be done via a home urine test. A study published in the November 2000 edition of the journal Epidemiology reviewed 10,000 women and found that they were much less likely to develop breast cancer if they had high levels of a specific type of oestrogen (2-OH oestrone). Belinda can provide you with a simple home urine test to measure your oestrogen levels and ratios.
Regular (monthly) self breast checking is an important part of detecting early breast changes which may or may not be cancerous. Early detection results in the best breast cancer outcomes.
If you notice any of these changes see your GP straight away;
- A lump, lumpiness or thickening in the breast tissue.
- Skin changes such as dimpling, puckering or redness.
- Nipple changes such as an unusual discharge, the nipple pointing in rather than out (unless it has always been this way) or an itchy/ulcerated area.
- A part of the breast that feels different from the rest of the breast.
- A new and persistent pain.
Breast Awareness at a glance
- Find time to check your breasts regularly.
- Look at your breasts in the mirror at the size and shape.
- Feel your breasts in the bath or shower, lying down or when getting dressed.
- Feel the entire breast tissue from your collarbone to below your bra line and into the underarm.
- Feel near the surface and then deeper using the flat part of your fingers.