Archive for July 20th, 2011

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You have breast cancer.’ This is the news that 115 women receive every single working day in the UK. It is not surprising that fear is triggered by these words, and this fear is made worse by the fact that it is, largely, fear of the unknown. So what can you expect to experience if diagnosed with breast cancer? Every person is an individual, and will have an individual experience, but here we will look at the most common issues surrounding this diagnosis, and unravel some of the information about the development of breast cancer.     What is cancer-Cancer is not just one disease – there are around 180 different types. Even breast cancer is not a single disease. However, most types of breast cancer can be distinguished from other cancers because they are affected by hormones, and this makes the conventional treatment of breast cancer different in some respects, and the nutritional management of breast cancer different in many respects.     Cancer arises when cells begin to multiply out of control, usually developing into a mass which, if left to progress, spreads to other areas of the body. If left unchecked, the expanding cancerous tissue depletes the body of nourishment and may press on body tissues, causing discomfort. Ultimately the cancerous growths may displace healthy tissue to the point where normal body functions can no longer take place.     The word tumour is a worrying one, but a tumour is not always malignant (cancerous). A tumour can simply be an overgrowth of cells that stays localized in one particular area, as in the case of a fibroadenoma. This is called ‘benign’, and as long as it is not pressing on nerves, ligaments or organs, is nothing to worry about.     There are four stages in the development of cancer and these happen over a long period of time. The average development time for breast cancer is ten years. In some people it may be three years and for others twenty; however, if you take the average, you have a long time to interfere with the process. And interfere you can. Each stage along the way offers opportunities to interrupt the development of cancer.*36\240\2*