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Male breast cancer: Early diagnosis

Male breast cancer

Male breast cancer. Though male breast cancer is rare in male, when it happens, the cancer forms in the breast tissues of men

Breast cancer has been associated with women in most cases yet men too becomes victims. Though male breast cancer is rare in male, when it happens, the cancer forms in the breast tissues of men. The cancer is particularly common with older or aging male adults but can also affect in all ages. Because of the nature of the disease, early diagnosis is very important. When detected in good time, doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center says that, the patient will have a better chance of getting complete healing. It is quit unfortunate that most men shy off from visiting their doctors for checkups. Because of this most of male breast cancer are detected when they are at an advance stage making treatment difficult. So what are the signs and symptoms to watch over?

Male breast cancer: Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of male breast cancers can include:

  • A painless lump or thickening in the breast tissue
  • Changes on the skin covering the breast dimpling, puckering, redness or scaling
  • Changes to the nipple like redness or scaling, or a nipple that begins to turn inward
  • Discharge from your nipple

When you notice any of these, waste no time and schedule for an appointment with your doctor immediately.

Male breast cancer: Causes

Like with most cancer cases, the causes of male breast cancer are not so clear. Though this isn’t clear, it is believed that male breast cancer occurs when some breast cells divide rapidly than healthy cells do. The accumulating cells form a tumor that may spread (metastasize) to nearby tissue, to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body.

Male breast cancer: Where breast cancer begins in men

By creation, every human is born with a small amount of breast tissue consisting of milk-producing glands (lobules), ducts that carry milk to the nipples, and fat. As children grow into puberty, ladies begins developing more breast tissue while men do not. But everyone is born with a small amount of breast tissue, developing breast cancer is possible. The following are some of the types of breast cancer diagnosed in men:

Cancer that begins in the milk ducts (ductal carcinoma). Nearly all male breast cancers is ductal carcinoma.

Cancer that begins in the milk-producing glands (lobular carcinoma). This type is rare in men because they have few lobules in their breast tissue.

Cancer that spreads to the nipple (Paget’s disease of the nipple). Rarely, male breast cancers forms in the milk ducts and spreads to the nipple, causing crusty, scaly skin around the nipple.

Male breast cancer: Inherited genes that increase breast cancer risk

Some men inherit abnormal (mutated) genes from their parents that increase the risk of breast cancer. Mutations in one of several genes, especially a gene called BRCA2, put you at greater risk of developing breast and prostate cancers. These genes normally make proteins that keep cells from growing abnormally which helps prevent cancer. But mutated genes aren’t as effective at protecting you from cancer reiterates doctor Akoury. Finally, if this article describes your condition, it is never too late to visit your doctor. Meeting with a genetic counselor and undergoing genetic testing can help determine whether you carry gene mutations that increase your risk of breast cancer.

Male breast cancer: Early diagnosis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Invasive lobular carcinoma breast

Invasive Lobular Carcinoma Breast : The milk producing glands

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast. It begins when cells in milk-producing glands of the breast develop mutations in the patient DNA

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast is a type of breast cancer whose origin can be traced from the milk producing glands (lobules) of the breast. It simply means that the cancer cells have broken out of their formation point from the lobule where and have the greater potential of spreading to the lymph nodes and other areas of the body. Doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center explains that the Invasive lobular carcinoma makes up a small portion of all breast cancers. Normally, most of the well-known types of breast cancer starts from the breast ducts (invasive ductal carcinoma). Naturally, this type of cancer does not form a lump as is common with other breast cancers. On the contrary, there will be some changes on the breast that feels like a thickening or fullness in one part of the breast which is different from the surrounding breast tissue.

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast: Symptoms

In the earliest stages of its formation, invasive lobular carcinoma it may not be easy to identify some signs and symptoms however, as it continues to grow, the following may become evident:

  • An area of thickening in part of the breast
  • A new area of fullness or swelling in the breast
  • A change in the texture or appearance of the skin over the breast in the texture of an orange peels
  • A newly inverted nipple

Invasive lobular carcinoma is less likely than other forms of breast cancer to cause a firm or distinct breast lump.

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast: When to see a doctor

Whenever you’re feeling strange in your body and having noticed some signs and symptoms, waste no time in seeking an appointment with your doctor. Depending on your condition, it is possible that the doctor will perform an examination to determine whether you need a diagnostic mammogram or a breast ultrasound. While at the doctor’s office, enquire from him/her to begin screening tests for breast cancer. This is essential in early detection of cancer way ahead even before the seeing any signs or symptoms. Routine test screening include a physical exam and a breast X-ray (mammogram).

And for those with a history of breast cancer or other factors that may increase risks of breast cancer in their lineage, experts are likely to recommend beginning screening mammograms or other tests at an earlier age. Like many other experts’, doctor Akoury is in agreement that invasive lobular carcinoma begins when cells in milk-producing glands of the breast develop mutations in the patient DNA. The mutations lead to the inability to control cell growth, which results in the cells dividing and growing rapidly. Depending on the aggressiveness of the cancer type, the cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body. Lobular carcinoma cells has a characteristic of invading the surrounding breast tissue taking the shape of a star. The affected area may have a different feel from the surrounding breast tissue, more like a thickening and fullness without necessarily feeling like a lump. If you have any concerns about this disease, you may want to schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury today for further professional advice.

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast: The milk producing glands

 

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Double alcohol abuse and other drugs

Double alcohol abuse

Double alcohol abuse alongside other drugs is a time bomb waiting to explode if not treated

Double alcohol abuse alongside other drugs: Long-term effects of heavy drinking

Whichever way you look at alcohol consumption, you will rest assured that up to 98% will be negative effects. In fact of the benefits, more than three quarters are concoctions. Like for instance being talkative or gaining some level of confidence while under the influence of alcohol may be seen as a benefit but as soon as time lapses and sobriety resurface you lose it instantly. We can now say that double alcohol abuse alongside other drugs is dangerous. Let us look at some of the effects of alcohol alone without other drugs. People who drink heavily for a long time may experience the following:

  • Brain and nerve damage
  • High blood pressure and strokes
  • Liver disease
  • Damage to the fetus, for pregnant women
  • Diseases of the stomach, digestive system and pancreas
  • Breast cancer and throat cancer
  • Low sex hormone levels
  • Alcohol dependence

These are not experiences you would want to be associated with in life because they are not only bad but also life threatening. I will tell you without a second thought that if you’re taking alcohol today, the best action you can take for your dear life is to stop and seek help from the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the leadership of Doctor Dalal Akoury MD. You may not have known but it is said that there are some limited benefits of alcohol consumption particularly to the people age 45 and above, this should not motivate you into drinking if you’re not. You must not start drinking to try getting some of these health benefits instead you should keep off because you’re better off eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and avoiding smoking than the temptation of drinking.

Double alcohol abuse alongside other drugs: The dangers attached to alcohol and drugs used together

Now to the dangers of mixing alcohol with other drugs, doctor Akoury reiterates that the truth will never change, meaning that alcohol and other drugs don’t mix and any attempt to do so will have fatal consequences. Take for instance if you were to mix marijuana or club drugs (e.g. ecstasy, ketamine, GHB) with alcohol it will certainly be very difficult to make informed and smart decisions. You will be inconsistent problems with the authorities because you’re not in control of yourself. You are likely to get into dangerous situations, to be injured or to injure someone else in the process. In plain language, mixing alcohol with other substances is life threatening. Doing this may trigger your body to react violently causing severe pain, headaches, cramps or vomiting. This is the last thing you would want to do. DON’T mix alcohol with any other drug. Nonetheless, if you are already into it and you’re finding it difficult to quit, all is not lost for you. Scheduling an appointment with doctor Akoury today for the commencement of your recovery process will be the noble and you won’t regret doing so.

Double alcohol abuse alongside other drugs: Long-term effects of heavy drinking

 

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Breast Cancer Battle, Sharon Journey

Breast Cancer Battle

Let go of Fear and embrace Faith

Sharon Keller Breast Cancer Battle

Fear or Faith?

Breast Cancer Battle; this journey of cancer has taken many twists and turns. The twists and turns of a breast cancer journey involves three components and is a journey like I have never traveled, nor ever wanted to travel. I do have choices to make on this journey.  Fear or Faith? It is my choice.

The truths in this breast cancer battle from Dr. Dalal Akoury

The cancer is what it is and I am told by Dr. Dalal Akoury that I am to live in the moment. I am to embrace the present time I am in and find joy. I am to tame the cancer and learn to live with it. My faith tells me she is correct in this cancer journey. God is in control, not me…. I am to trust the Lord who created me as He  has every hair on my head counted. I am to embrace the journey in a way to have an awakening of myself. I need to forgive, love, and live in peace. I know what scripture says and that Dr. Dalal Akoury is right in her advice.

My breast cancer battle with mind

I know to the depths of my soul that Big C is Christ not cancer and little c is cancer. The Big C has already taken care of the little c. I know all of that. I thought I knew the truths in my soul to my very core. Breast cancer revealed what was in my heart. I do have faith. I love the Lord and trust him. Doubt and fear creeps in when I do not feel well after chelation, Vitamin C treatments. Fear creeps in in the middle of the night when I wake up all alone when the whole world is sleeping. The Big C becomes the cancer. I have a choice to make minute my minute and day by day. I have the choice to draw from the tree of life or the tree of death with my words and thoughts.

The choice is mine in this breast cancer battle

I get amazing and loving treatment during my treatment with Dr. Akoury. I get all the treatments I need. I get IPT, low dose chemo, ozone, along with any other treatments she decides for me. I take the reins from there in my choices as to how I receive those treatments.  I choose life, I have purpose that God has revealed to me through this journey. I choose life when I look at the faces of my beautiful grandchildren. I have a purpose in their life to be an example to them that you can overcome and thrive when unexpected things are thrown at you. In this moment and in this hour and in this day, I choose life and the words and thoughts that bring healing and life. I can tame this little cancer and be a stronger person because of it. Dr. Dalal Akoury’s words ring in my ears even when I am shaking in my shoes because I hurt and the lump seems bigger.  I will choose truth. Truth is real. Faith is real. God is real. Cancer is one of life’s lessons to find these truths. I will choose to hold on to that and walk out this amazing breast cancer journey to healing and purpose.

I would be so glad to talk to anyone interested in integrative oncology and Awaremed. Please call the office and ask for my phone number.  Ph: 843 213 1480 is the Awaremed office contact number.

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Beautiful Child wearing a head scarf due to hair loss from chemotherapy fighting cancer

Cancer affects emotional health in many ways

Cancer affects emotional health

Cancer affects emotional health in many ways.

Cancer affects emotional health in many ways: Depression and cancer

It is never fun to be told that you are suffering from cancer. When such news is broken to the patients, devastation, pain and anguish sets in not just to the patient but even to the relatives and loved ones. For sure most patients, families, and caregivers expresses some degree of depression, anxiety, and fear when cancer becomes part of their lives. These feelings are normal responses to this life-changing experience. We want to settle into the discussion of how cancer affects your emotional health and what you can do to help. We will be guided by the help of doctor Dalal Akoury who is also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center where a lot of cancer preventive treatment are done. You can also be part of the many experiencing life transformation with the professionalism approach doctor Akoury is applying in the treatment of her clients.

Like I have just mention cancer is life threatening and people struggling with cancer will have the feelings expressed above which can be caused by many things, including changes in their families’ roles and even assignment at their work stations. A cancer patient is likely to feel the loss of control over life events, and bear the burden of dealing with changes in their body image. They might feel grief at the losses and changes in their lives that cancer brings. There may be fear of the eventualities like death, suffering, pain, or all the unknown elements that lie ahead. This may not be limited to the patients only but even the family members and caregivers may have these feelings too. It is possible that they will be afraid of losing their loved one. Anger of knowing that cancer is affecting their loved ones will be another concern especially with the knowledge that cancer is genetically inherited. This will in many ways cause both the patient and their loved ones frustration and stress that they are either not doing enough to help or that they have to do more at home.

In all these, it’s important to remember that people with cancer, as well as their friends and family, can feel distress about these things at any time after a cancer diagnosis, even many years after the cancer is treated. And as the cancer situation changes, they all must cope with new stressors along with the old, and their feelings often change, too. For instance, people dealing with cancer that’s spread and is making the person feel worse may have more emotional distress than those dealing with early-stage cancers.

People who have physical symptoms such as pain, nausea, or extreme tiredness (fatigue) also seem more likely to have emotional distress. Most of the time, physical symptoms can be controlled with medicines but it could take more than one try to find the right drug or combination of drugs. Doctor Akoury emphasizes that because of this, patient must keep consulting closely with their doctors and with their cancer team. This way they can help with these kinds of symptoms before you feel overwhelmed.

Take note that this link is tailored to equip you with health information that can help your families, friends, and caregivers to know what feelings and behaviors they might expect from their loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer. It is also to help you understand what isn’t normal and when more needs to be done like getting outside help. Besides, it can also help you recognize when you or others need outside help. Remember that everybody is vulnerable to cancer and all these things can happen to anyone including your caregivers, friends, and family members too. Anyone affected by cancer theirs or a loved one will need help in dealing with the emotions that result.

Cancer affects emotional health in many ways: Depression and cancer

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