As with breast cancer, the development of dense breasts is genetically determined. If this is the case with you, remember to have regular check-ups
We have already pointed out the importance of regular gynecological check-ups several times. One of the goals of these examinations is the early diagnosis of “dense breasts”.
But what does this expression mean? Dense breasts contain less fat and more glandular tissue and are characterized by a higher risk of cancer.
But it must be made clear that dense breasts do not automatically mean that a tumor will develop. But the risk is greater and therefore regular examinations are particularly important.
Also, the Journal of the National Cancer points out that all women should be examined for dense breasts. In addition, it is important to know that this problem can often be avoided by looking after healthy lifestyles at a young age. Read on to learn more.
Risks from dense breasts
With the naked eye can not be determined whether the breast tissue is denser than normal. From the age of 40, it is therefore recommended to have a check-up once a year.
Sometimes a mammogram can not accurately determine if a tumor is present because of the high tissue and glandular density in the breasts. In this case further investigations and measures must follow.
We do not want to scare or alarm you, but point out that prevention and check-ups can be critical to your health.
William Barlow of the “Research Center for Cancer and Biostatistics” in Seattle (USA) explains that breast density depends on the amount of fat and glandular tissue.
In younger women, the breasts are made of solid connective tissue, but the aging process replaces the fibrous tissue with adipose tissue. Then more frequent check-ups are necessary.
In dense breast tissue, however, the diagnosis of a breast tumor is much more complicated, because this is hardly recognizable on a mammogram. Therefore, an additional ultrasound examination is necessary to be able to make a correct diagnosis.
Risk factors for dense breasts
1. Menopause: Density of breasts is increasing more often in postmenopausal women, especially when they are overweight or have an elevated body mass index.
2. Genetic predisposition: As with breast cancer, the risk of genetic predisposition increases. So, if someone in your family suffers from it or has breast cancer, do not wait and have yourself examined regularly. Enlightenment and prevention save lives every year.
Can you prevent tight breasts?
Doctors often prescribe hormone replacement therapy from the menopause to prevent, especially if there is a genetic risk.
The National Cancer Institute in Bethesda (USA) performed hormone therapy on a regular basis with 7,000 women after the discovery of dense breasts.
While it is true that regular, monthly cancer screening can help prevent it, it has been shown that hormone therapy can be useful in many cases (not all, but a high percentage).
So to reduce the risk as much as possible and to prevent dense breasts, you should note the following information:
• Do not forget your family background: If your mother, grandmother, aunt or sister had breast cancer, it’s important to have yourself examined regularly.
• Stop smoking.
• Ensure adequate body weight in relation to your height and age. Try to avoid being overweight, especially if you are in menopause.
• Avoid greasy food, white sugar, refined wheat flour and salt as much as possible. They cause inflammation and are very harmful to our organism.
• Consume mainly fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably raw. Avoid juices from the supermarket and opt for an apple for breakfast and not for the classic toast with jam. When preparing salads, eat some raw ingredients, as well as spinach, small pieces of onion, tomatoes … etc.
• Avoid ready meals and get used to eating fresh food. Remember that 5 meals per day are recommended and it is not good to have excessive lunch or dinner.
• Take enough fluid to you.
• Daily exercise and exercise are important to reduce the risk of developing dense breasts. Walk for half an hour every day and do aerobic exercise.
• From the age of 40, you should do a mammogram every year. Make an appointment with your gynecologist, if you have a genetic history, you should be examined more frequently.
Remember, in addition to MRI (Magnetic Resonance Therapy), ultrasound scans should be performed as a supplement. If the breast density is increased, this examination is more reliable in detecting possible tumors.
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