Each year in the United States more than 24 thousand hispanic women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Tragically, more than 3 thousand die, with almost a quarter of these under the age of 65.
It is harder to detect breast cancer in Hispanic women until the disease is more advanced. This makes it the most deadly form of cancer for Hispanic women. That’s why spotting the signs of breast cancer in time is FUNDAMENTALLY IMPORTANT.
In addition to routine check ups, there are some preventative home remedies that can diminish breast issues and pain when we’re not sure if the pain is normal or a sign of a larger problem.
Why is a yearly breast exam and mammogram so important?
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a growth or lump that, when touched, feels hard. Usually, it’s painless, though sometimes it can be painful. Other times, unfortunately, breast cancer can exist without any sign. That’s why it’s vital to seek professional help in the form of an exam and a mammogram at least once a year, even if you have no outward symptoms.
Is breast soreness a sign of cancer?
Temporary pain in breast tissue is common, and part of the hormonal process of every woman. This process can create a condition known as mastalgia, which is breast pain due to estrogen levels. It can make breast tissue more sensitive, or inflamed, often with a burning sensation. At least 70% of women suffer from mastalgia, from the very young to the very old. It is especially common before or during menstruation, or while undergoing menopause. It normally peaks over a couple of days and then diminishes.
If your mastalgia lasts more than two weeks you should get checked for cysts, lumps, or fibroids.
What can I do to naturally reduce breast pain and soreness?
- Try adding linseeds your diet. Linseeds are rich in fatty acids with a similar profile to estrogen. These fatty acids can help reduce pain and inflammation as well as support general breast health. You use them whole on salads or ground into baked goods. 1 to 2 tablespoons daily.
- Try Fennel seed. Both the herb and it’s root have been shown to diminish fibrous breast tissue. You can make a habit of adding it to your favorite dishes, including salads. You can even use the leaves to make infusions, especially during days of higher pain.
- Use grandma’s favorite remedy: hot compresses. You can make a simple hot compress out of warm water, or add a little castor oil, which helps fight pain and inflammation. Simply wet a towel with warm oil. Not too hot, though, as breast skin is very delicate.
- Try a massage with citric acid, either from a lemon or an orange. Many different studies have shown that citric acid, when used topically, can help calm breast pain and inflammation. Simply apply a few room-temperature drops to the skin and massage gently.
- Evening Primrose oil, when taken as a supplement, has fatty acids vital to female health. Multiple studies have shown that regular use can diminish mastalgia caused by hormonal changes. You can take one capsule of 1000 milligrams, three times daily.
- Try curcumin. It has great anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce pain caused by inflammation. In addition, it is currently being studied as a complementary form of prevention against more complex breast health issues. 1-2 capsules a day.
- Hibiscus tea, one to two cups a day. Hibiscus has been shown to support breast health, and is used as a compliment to many breast cancer treatments.
- Omega-3. Studies suggest that women that consume high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids pues hay estudios que muestran que las mujeres con alta ingesta de ácidos grasos omega-3 experience fewer episodes of breast pain and inflammation. 1-2 capsules at 1000 mg a day.
- Be free! Change out some of your beautiful but unsupportive bras in favor of looser, more comfortable ones.
If you’d like to learn more about breast health and cancer awareness, try Dr. Juan’s book, Santo Remedio Para Mujeres. It has an entire chapter dedicated to this all-important topic.
And don’t forget: Schedule your mammogram every single year. Think of yourself, and of your loved ones.
Let’s get healthier, together.
Your friends at Santo Remedio