Saturday, 30 June 2007

Breast Calcification

Breast, is one of the most important organs that God has created for all living beings. It is the only source of food for all newly born to survive. Providing all the nutrients required for the young ones to grow to certain age before it starts to feed on solid food. This life cycle applies to all mammals that lives on land. I'm not sure about those that lives under the sea. Now, let's understand this breast a bit more. Have we heard about female mammal suffering from breast calcification or breast cancer? Maybe we should do a goggle search for this information. However, in my opinion, only human beings suffered from Breast Calcification or Cancer or both. The key question is, how does it come about and why does it happen?

Let's understand about Breast Calcification in the lay-man terms.

There are 2 types of Breast Calcification. Macro and Micro.

Macro Calcification is usually due to breast ageing. This can be due to your age or perhaps, your breast is the least muscles that you massage. Macro Calcification usually appears as large coarse deposits and it affects mostly old woman. However, it can happen to young woman today too. Especially the breast has suffered some form of injuries or inflammation. In my own opinion, with young women engaging in more contact sports, it is unavoidable that the breast can be injured in one way or another. And thus, macro calcification may happen at a young age.

Micro Calcification usually appears as a small white specks in the breast. Usually, it is not cancerous. However, if they are all cluster together. It maybe a sign that the breast is suffering from some forms of pre-cancerous changes.

According to current medicine practice, breast calcification can only be detected through mammograms. However, does this mean that you have to go for regular mammograms? As for me, I think otherwise. According to Dr. John R. Lee, in his book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer"page 10, he mentioned that Radiation is a potent risk factor for breast cancer, its effect ios cumulative, and mammography involves forcefully squashing the breast and then shooting radiation through it. Hence, the more radiation exposure, the higher the risk of getting breast cancer.

Many doctors had claimed that Breast Calcification is not a result of improper calcium absorption. However, I think that may not be the case. Even though, currently there is no medical research to back up this theory, I think it is still good to ensure that the body is able to absorb Calcium properly.

1) Vitamin D: There is a serious lack of vitamin D in our body today. Even though we live near the equator and we suppose to get lots of sunlight. but many of us choose to stay in a air-con room. Because of this habit, we are lacking exposure to Sun and thus, our body is not producing enough Vitamin D, which will assist in calcium absorption. Furthermore, Vitamin D is anti-cancer.

2) Magnesium: Always take calcium together with magnesium. These 2 minerals work hand-in-hand. Magnesium improves Calcium absorption. However, with today lifestyle, many women have the habits of drinking alcohol and sugar-rich drinks, plus dairy food The consumption of these products increase magnesium excretion through urine and thus, creating the unbalance between the 2 minerals.

3) Vitamin C: Calcium metabolism is affected by the presence of Vitamin C in the bloodstream. Because Vitamin C is acidic and Calcium is alkaline,a large dose of Vitamin C helps Calcium to be more soluble in the body and thus, preventing calcium from calcifying in soft tissue. This method is highly effective against kidney stone, which is also a form of calcification. I suspect, it maybe applicable to breast too.

Lastly, regular self-check is the most important.

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