Don’t do it for other girls
For your friends
For your parents
For your boyfriend
Or for your best friend
Don’t do it to be like her
Or to have ‘Her legs’
Don’t do it for the models in the magazine
Or for the celebrity on the screen
Do it for yourself
Do it for your health
Do it for your beauty
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n the past few days you would have seen, read and heard everything about Angelina Jolie’s preventive mastectomy surgeries. It was definitely disturbing to see how a lady of her caliber was scared of breast cancer and decided to undergo such a surgery. I am sure it must have created a stir in minds of few of you regarding breast cancer, its causes, prevention and also about the procedure Ms Jolie underwent.
Breast cancer is a global health problem with steep rise in its incidence, more so in the urban population. There is a change in trend of breast cancer with more number of younger women getting affected. The best prevention to breast cancer is to diagnose it early. In a series of articles we would be discussing the various aspects of breast cancer and how best to prevent it. These would provide the reader with scientific research in the field of cancer and would empower with the knowledge to fight this silent killer. Please share these articles with your loved ones to enrich them with the right knowledge and latest research in field of breast cancer.
Starting with you: The self breast examination
Monthly breast self-exams are an option for all women beginning by age 20. Women who regularly examine their breasts become more aware of how their breasts normally feel. They are more likely to notice changes – including masses or lumps – that could be early signs of cancer. Early detection of breast cancer significantly increases its cure rates. So, make it a ritual to examine feel and look at your breasts and become aware of any sudden change. It usually takes around 15-20 minutes. Best time would to do the examination before or after the shower.
Recently I had a young unmarried female patient in her twenties, who noticed a lump in her breast on self breast examination. She immediately seeked medical advice for it. The lump was proven to be breast cancer on further examinations and she was given early treatment for the same. It was her awarenesss which helped us diagnose her cancer in early stage for which appropriate treatment could be started. She has a better chance of survival because of detection of cancer in early stage.
When should I do self examination
It’s best to check about a week after your period, when breasts are not swollen or tender. If you no longer have a period, examine yourself on the same day every month.
How to do self examination of breasts:
You look touch and feel your breasts for any abnormal swelling, discharge from the nipples or swelling in the armpits. It can be done in five simple steps, which would ensure good health of your breasts with early detection of any abnormality.
Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.
Here’s what you should look for:
Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color.
Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling.
You should lookout for dimpling, puckering, or redness of skin and change in position and appearance of a nipple. If any of these changes are present report this to your doctor.
Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes and also look for any swelling or bulge in the armpit area.
Step 3: While you’re at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).
Step 4: Next, feel your breasts, while you are standing or sitting, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.
Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side - from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage. Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn.
Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while lying down Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in Step 4.
Finally, practice makes one perfect, feel your breasts regularly to get the feel of normal architecture. Not all lumps are breast cancers, but if you do detect an abnormality report it to your medical practitioner, who would do an examination and run a battery of tests if indicated. Be vigilant and aware not only for your breasts but for your men’s breasts too. Any abnormal bulge or discharge should be seen with suspicion and warrants a clinical examination by a medical practitioner. Do share this article to make your loved ones aware about this simple technique which can prove to be lifesaving. Cheers to a monthly self breast examination routine and wishing you all good health.
The author is Consultant Radiologist, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital, New Delhi.
Kohl or kajal is the basic thing required to highlight eyes, and several national and international brands are catering to those who use it. But how about giving it a personal touch and using homemade kohl?
Priti Mehta, founder and director of non-toxic lifestyle brand Omved, explains how to make that black beauty stick sitting at home.
- Take a lamp and fill it with oil or ghee.
- Keep aside a teaspoon of it.
- Make a wick with cotton, soak in ghee and place it in the lamp. Light the wick.
- Place blocks on either side of the lamp and ensure there is no breeze.
- Keep a silver plate upside down over the lamp, resting on top, between the supports.
- Place the plate about half an inch above the lamp with the flame tip touching the plate.
- Let the lamp burn overnight to collect the soot from the flame on the inside of the plate.
- Remove the plate after the flame is extinguished.
- Scrape the thick coating of carbon, black powdery residue collected on the cover into a clean container.
- Cool and add the ghee drop by drop to make the soot smooth.
- Close the jar and keep in the refrigerator for two hours. You can store at room temperature thereafter.
Homemade kajals have a good shelf life. Mehta advises to prepare it fresh at least once every four months to be on the safer side.
Since homemade kajal is very dark, Mehta suggests a way to use it. Apply it overnight and wash face in the morning or after bath. The remaining kajal leaves a beautiful and natural tint on your eyes.
Popping a pill has become the norm in most households where people stack everything from crocin, ibuprofen, amoxicillin, to cough syrups like benadryl. Mindlessly taking medicines, we tend to ignore the side effects some of the most common drugs may cause. “Instead of curing a problem which could be temporary, taking any random medicine can actually land you with serious conditions, even a damaged kidney. People have become dependent on all kinds of medicines, unaware about the long term consequences and chances of irreparable damage to body organs,” says Dr Satish Koul, internal medicine specialist, Columbia Asia Hospital.
Overuse and abuse of antibiotics is rendering some of the most effective drugs ineffective. Research has shown that doctors overprescribe antibiotics in many cases. It has also been noticed that people take antibiotics on their own, and often do not complete the course. All this is causing antibiotic resistance. While there are side-effects that we know of, there are some unknown ones. Learn about the ills caused by the common category of drugs.
Benadryl, Corex, Phensedyl syrup, among others.
Prescribed for: Chest congestion, colds , sore throat, dry cough and related conditions. SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, dilated pupils, memory impairment, depression and panic attacks.
Overuse can cause: Long term dependence on cough syrups can lead to loss in motor coordination, thyroid problems, hyperactivity, hallucination, seizures, high blood pressure, abdominal pain and irregular heartbeat.
Expert quote: “There are two types of cough syrups -expectorants and suppressants. While suppressants help control the cough by decreasing the urge to cough, expectorants make you cough more by promoting the mucous production. Suppressants are used to treat dry coughs whereas expectorants are for wet coughs. There are other coughs which work better with an antihistamine. People guzzle cough syrups at their whims,” says Dr Koul. Those suffering from high blood pressure and heart diseases should avoid taking decongestants on their own.
How to deal with the problem: Instead of downing cough syrups mindlessly, you can begin with some natural home remedies to soothe the throat by gargling salt water, drinking ginger tea, taking honey with black pepper and other such simple measures.
Looze syrup, Cremassin syrup, Dulcolax tablets, among others.
Prescribed for: To provide relief to people suffering from constipation especially among the older age group, pregnant women, hernia and heart patients and those who are to undergo a major surgery.
Side effects: Dehydration, flatulence and abdominal pain.
Overuse can cause: Problems in the large intestine called laxative colitis, kidney stone, heart and muscle problems.
Expert quote: “It’s the people belonging to the older age group to a large extent who tend to overuse it. If misused, these can cause chronic constipation and make the intestine functioning unhealthy in the long run,” says Dr Satish Koul, internal medicine specialist, Columbia Asia Hospital.
How to deal with the problem: Increasing the daily fibre intake by a diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and drinking lots of water can help. Isabgol, a vegetable product which has been a traditional recommendation does a good job when it comes to rectifying digestive issues.
Alfrax, Trica, Dizepose, Zaplon, Dormin, among others.
Prescribed for: Chronic insomnia and depression.
Side effects: Dizziness, gastrointestinal problems and weight gain.
Overuse can cause: Early onset of dementia, addiction, seizure, low BP and muscle weakness.
Expert quote: “Insomnia can indicate hidden medical conditions. It could also be a result of plain stress. Instead of taking a sleeping pill, it is better to deal with the root cause,” says Dr D S Chadha, internal medicine specialist, Fortis Hospital.
How to deal with the problem: Use meditation and deep breathing exercises, cut down on drinking and smoking, avoid caffeine and keep stress under check. Take sleeping pills only if prescribed for certain medical conditions.
Ibuprofen, aspirin, paracetamol sold under different brand names.
Prescribed for: Headaches, back pain, knee pain, injuries, sprained ankles, minor burns.
Side-effects: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.
Overuse can cause: High blood pressure, kidney damage, increased risk of stroke and heart attacks.
Expert quote: “People who over-consume painkillers are unable to drive safely as they feel dizzy, leading to serious consequences. Those who regularly take painkillers to get relief from headaches may suffer from rebound headaches and become dependent on pills. Some painkillers themselves are cause of headaches if taken too often. Combination of painkillers may be dangerous too,” says Dr SP Byotra, head, internal medicine, Sir Gangaram Hospital.
How to deal with the problem: It’s best to stop taking the painkillers if you are experiencing symptoms of rebound headache. Taking painkillers does not help tackle the root cause of any health problem. Pain may be an indication of a serious problem or something as simple as that can be rectified through lifestyle moves like diet and exercise. It is important to figure this out.
Amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, ampillicin, erythromycin and others.
Prescribed for: Widely prescribed to treat infections caused by bacteria, fungi and other parasites.
Side effects: Some antibiotics can cause diarrhoea, skin rashes, allergic reactions and bacterial resistance.
Overuse can cause: Dependence on antibiotics can lead to lowering of immunity as it destroys healthy bacteria lining the intestine. Long term use can cause life threatening conditions like damage to liver and kidney. In pregnant women, they can adversely affect the unborn child causing congenital anomalies and birth defects.
Expert quote: “Antibiotic abuse can lead to delay in diagnosis or even misdiagnosis. If used too often, they stop being effective against the very bacteria they are supposed to treat. Not taking the prescribed levels or taking them for too long can make the bacteria resistant and that can lead to other serious health consequences,” says Dr Rakesh Tandon, medical director, PSRI Hospital.
How to deal with the problem: Taking them for certain conditions is indispensable but you can follow certain steps to counterbalance their adverse effects. For example, include yoghurt in your diet when you are taking antibiotics to avoid harming the beneficial intestinal bacteria. Also, you must trust that your body has the capacity to fight the infection.
Cord blood is the blood that remains in a newborn’s umbilical cord after birth. One of the amazing things about cord blood stem cells is its ability to find injured cells and tissue in the body and initiate a healing process.
If you’re about to be blessed with a newborn (or know someone soon due) – you should know that the miracle of life can now bring a miracle of healing. Thanks to advances in stem cell therapy, your baby’s banked cord blood can be used to help save lives.
By making the decision to allow your baby’s cord blood to be collected and banked, you can help to further important medical research. Or to help cure a previously untreatable disease, perhaps sometime in the future. And that person could even be your child him/herself, or someone in your family.
Modern medical science treasures these potentially life-saving umbilical cord blood stem cells: They are incomparably pristine, ’smart,’ unique, and powerful. In fact, currently – cord blood stem cells are being used to successfully treat previously untreatable diseases, or injuries. They are important to further research in a miraculous new area of medicine called regenerative medicine: An exciting new branch where scientists are studying the use of cord blood cells in experimental treatments for conditions once thought to be beyond cure.
The decision to bank your baby’s cord blood should be made well before your due date. Consider the facts and misconceptions: A common fear and misconception is that removing cord blood for collection will take something away from your baby. The fact is: Nothing at all; no blood is actually removed from the newborn. After the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, it’s usually discarded and thrown away. Instead, if you request to have your baby’s cord blood collected, the only difference from the routine procedure is that once the cord is cut – your baby’s cord blood will be saved, rather than discarded.
If you’re awaiting the miracle of birth, you should seriously consider saving, or ‘banking’ your baby’s cord blood. It could be yet another precious gift of life. It’s a one-time opportunity that can be a lifesaving, or life-giving miracle of healing for someone you’d like to help.
Sprinkle Caboki into a thinning area of your hair, the fibres automatically cling to your hair like millions of tiny magnets. Each thin wisp of your hair instantly becomes thicker and fuller, eliminating those embarrassing thinning areas.
Caboki is a breakthrough product for hair loss sufferers that
• Instantly eliminates bald spots or appearance of thinning hair.
• Gives you a perfectly natural look. No one will know you’re using Caboki unless you tell them - even if they get a close up view, outdoor, under bright sun light.
• Last all day, all night, through wind, rain and sweat.
• Will not smear or stain your skin or clothing.
• Works for both men and women.
Unlike ordinary products on the mass market, Caboki is a professional grade product:
• Made of natural fibers from plants, safe even for sensitive scalp.
• Bonds to hair more securely, does not require specially-made spray to glue fibers to your hair.
• Free of animal ingredients, synthetic dyes, fillers and preservatives.
Caboki new formulation and ingredients had applied registration with the FDA, which recently granted Caboki the registration # 1091011.
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