What are my risks for getting breast cancer?

Being a woman and getting older are the biggest risk factors for developing breast cancer. Other risk factors include: age; family history of breast cancer in a close family member on either other's or father's side; onset of menstruation before age 12; onset of menopause after age 50; or not having children or having a first child after age 30.

What should I do if I find a lump while performing a monthly breast self-exam?

Check the other breast. Some lumpiness is normal. However, if the lump is new or unusual, it warrants examination by a physician. A lump found during a breast self-exam, a clinical breast exam or a mammogram does not necessarily mean that a woman has breast cancer. Nearly 80 percent of all breast lumps are noncancerous (benign). However, cancer is a possibility. Early detection and treatment provides the best outcome, so a woman shouldn't let fear stop her from seeing a physician.

How likely am I to get breast cancer?

Statistics show that a woman has a 1 in 8 lifetime chance of developing breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women in the United States, other than non-melanoma skin cancers. Three-fourths of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women age 50 and older. And although breast cancer is more common in older women, it does occur in younger women and in men. There are additional factors that may increase a woman's cancer risk.

What causes breast cancer?

No one yet knows what causes breast cancer, but medical research has generated a lot of knowledge about the disease. Researchers at the Comprehensive Cancer Center have made some important discoveries in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer, ranging from understanding more about the genetic aspects of cancer to developing a vaccine that may treat and prevent breast cancer. Read more about breakthroughs at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

What are the warning signs for Breast Cancer?

The most common sign of breast cancer is a lump or thickening in the breast. Other signs include: change in the size or shape of the breast, discharge from the nipple, or change in the color or feel of the skin of the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered or scaly; warm, red or swollen). It's important to note that there may be no warning signs or symptoms. Breast self-exams, clinical breast exams and regularly scheduled mammograms are vital in the screening and early detection of the disease.

Can my unborn baby have hiccups and how can I get rid of them?

Sounds like hiccups! And no, you cannot do anything to get rid of them! They are actually thought to be a good thing - it indicates your baby is "practicing" breathing by swallowing amniotic fluid and "inhaling" it. It exercises the diaphragm. They can be annoying sometimes. My son can get them 3 to 4 times per day.

Balanced Body Method for curing hiccup

1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent, arms relaxed. 2. Close your eyes, and become aware of subtle forces on your body. 3. Allow your body to sway with the forces, arms floating and drifting. 4. Do this for 5-10 seconds, which is usually enough. Watching someone else do it also works.

Airline Steward Method for curing Hiccup

This is not recommended if you have back problem. 1. Find a straight back chair and sit down with your back fully pressed to the back of the chair. 2. Slowly bend over in the tuck position with your arms crossed over your body - the same way you would bend over when an airline stewardess instructs you to take when they say get in the crash position. Do this until you feel slightly uncomfortable. 3. Slowly squeeze your arms and try to squeeze your body and hold your breath for 5-10 seconds and release. 4. St...

The 30 Seconds Cure for Hiccup

1. Start by inhaling through your mouth until your lungs feel full (when it feels like you cannot inhale any more). For overall best results, try to do this as quickly as you can. DO NOT LET ANY AIR OUT. 2. Swallow. You are not really swallowing anything but it seems thatwithout this act, it doesn’t work. DO NOT LET ANY AIR OUT. 3. Now inhale some more. You don’t need to inhale a lot, but do get some more air in. It will start to get difficult to do this as you go, but keep trying. You obviously can’t suck ...

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