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6 Signs of Breast Cancer

Do you know the signs and symptoms that might indicate breast cancer? While personal and family histories of breast cancer and lifestyle habits (including diet, exercise and how you handle stress) can all affect breast cancer risk, learning to recognize the signs of breast cancer may save your life – early diagnosis is key to treatment and recovery. Many health professionals still recommend performing a monthly self-examination, and having a yearly exam performed by your doctor. In addition, the National Cancer Institute suggests keeping an eye out for the following signs:

  1. A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
  2. A change in the size or shape of the breast
  3. Nipple discharge or tenderness
  4. An inverted nipple
  5. Ridges or pitting on the breast (resembling an orange peel)
  6. A change in the look or feel of the breast, areola or nipple (such as warmth, swelling, redness or a scaly feel)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your doctor for evaluation. If you are over 40, talk to your doctor about mammograms.

Dr. Andrew Weil Women’s Interest Newsletter

14 Ingredients to Avoid for Your Heart Health Dr. Weil

14 Ingredients to Avoid for Your Heart Health

An important first step in creating a heart-healthy kitchen is to read and understand food labels. They are your best reference for assessing what to add to your grocery cart and what to leave on the store shelf. Use the list below to determine what items to avoid buying – many of these ingredients are considered pro-inflammatory and therefore unfavorable to a heart-healthy diet.

If the product contains one or more of these undesirables, don’t buy it!

  1. Artificial sweeteners or non-nutritive sweeteners
  2. Corn oil
  3. Cottonseed oil
  4. Fractionated oil
  5. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  6. Hydrogenated oil or vegetable shortening
  7. Margarine
  8. Palm or palm kernel oil
  9. Partially hydrogenated oil (source of trans-fat)
  10. Blended vegetable oils
  11. Safflower oil
  12. Soybean oil
  13. Sunflower oil
  14. Fat “substitutes” (such as olestra)

From:  Dr. Weil’s Heart Health Newsletter

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