Losing a breast to cancer, not end of the world

Daily Sun

Nigeria

By NJOKU ONYEKACHI JET
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

President, Rotary Club of Ikeja South and founder, Care Organization Public Enlightenment (COPE), Mrs. Ebunola Anozie, has advised that cancer patients should adhere to physician’s advice if a mastectomy is necessary.

Speaking during a breast cancer awareness seminar organized by the Rotary Club of Ikeja South in conjunction with COPE at the Revival Assembly Church, Ikeja, Anozie stated that although a woman’s breasts are important for sexual intercourse, however, intercourse without the breasts could still be enjoyable. She spoke on breast cancer and related issues in this interview with Daily Sun. Excepts:

Predisposing factors
First, age is a predisposing factor for breast cancer. If your menstrual cycle started before the age of 12 and at 50 or 55, you are still menstruating; it means that your ostrogen is still active. Some started their menstruation after that and they don’t have it any more. Then, if you had your first child after the age of 30, there is likelihood that you can have breast cancer. However, there are some women who have had their first child after 30, and they don’t have breast cancer. Another thing is, if it runs in the family, maybe an aunt, a sister, your mother had it, it could happen to you. And then if you’ve had a problem in one breast before, maybe a lump was removed before, it’s a high risk. But, whatever lump you have in your breast, you need to remove that lump.

Mammogram is a simple X-ray of the breast. You don’t do it every time. You do it once in two years or once in three years depending on your history. And, when you do the mammogram, you complement it with ultra-sound scan so that it would at least give you a very good result. Ultra-sound scan can be done by anybody who is even under 40.

Feeding habit
Fresh foods like yam flour, amala and ewedu and other fresh, natural foods like that are very good. It is important also to eat more of vegetables and fruits and the vegetables should not be over-cooked. We’re not talking of processed foods. We’re talking of fresh foods like eating oranges and eating it almost whole. Processed foods do more harm than good to the body. Cutting down on soda intake is also important.

So, what a person eats also can affect him or her. A lot of people don’t exercise. Now, everything is remote controlled and we just sit down and have this sedentary lifestyle that we’re used to now. It causes more harm than good also. So, we need to exercise, cut down on salt intake. Also, cut down on processed foods, tin food and all that.

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Not sure what to think about this article..whether it was written by a man or woman – sexist – I do not think so…..a man would have a different perspective on losing a breast (as would a male doctor – and I for one would get a second or even third opinion)…. Bottom line is there is a lot of education that needs to be done about holistic non-invasive therapies….and yes, to most women losing a breast can be the end of the world – unless of course, every other option has been excluded.   But to say that in an article like this?  Not acceptable.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.