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Oncology Esthetics: Breast Cancer Awareness
By: Morag Currin
Posted: October 2, 2013, from the October 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Breast cancer in men. Although rare, breast cancer in men can occur. Both women and men have breast tissue; hormones in females stimulate breast tissue to grow into full breasts. Males normally don’t make much of the breast-stimulating hormones. As a result, their breast tissue usually stays flat and small.
Signs and symptoms. These include any persistent changes to the breasts, such as a lump, nipple pain, an inverted nipple, nipple discharge, sores on the nipple and areola, and/or enlarged lymph nodes under the arm. Enlargement of both breasts (not just on one side) is usually not cancer. This is known as gynecomastia. Sometimes, male breasts can become quite large. Noncancer-related enlargement of the breasts can be caused by medications, heavy alcohol use, weight gain or marijuana use.
Holistic or complementary spa therapies
Many women are strongly attracted to holistic or complementary therapies, which often seem to be more natural, gentle and supportive, and appear to have fewer side effects than most conventional therapies. Plus, many people feel disappointed by medical treatments they have tried, because they failed to prevent the cancer from coming back. Many clients who have been through a great deal of cancer testing and treatment feel that, although their physicians may do a great job of treating the cancer, they don’t have the time or expertise to help with their mental and emotional needs.
Holistic or complementary therapies, such as a facial, manicure or pedicure, can make a difference in a person’s treatment, and in their feelings about wellness and illness. These therapies see the mind, body and spirit as partners in healing and well-being. And when the mind, body and spirit are not functioning well together, they can also be partners contributing to “dis-ease.”
Studies have shown that relaxation therapy or acupuncture can ease pain. And even if holistic or complementary therapies do not lengthen a person’s life, they may improve her quality of life while she undergoes cancer treatment. Some physicians will combine both complementary and standard treatments, drawing on the strengths of each. This is often called “integrative oncology.”