For many women with breast cancer, the road to recovery is never over. It’s estimated that 155,000 people in the United States are living with metastatic breast cancer, which means that their breast cancer has spread from their chest to another area in their body. Unfortunately, unlike some other types of breast cancer, the survival rate for metastatic breast cancer is typically around three years. In a culture that’s intensely focused on survival and treatment, it’s important to understand what happens to our bodies in the more advanced stages of breast cancer. That way, even if we aren’t the ones who have been diagnosed, we can more effectively support those that have.
Too many women have a bad habit of only going to the doctor when something is wrong. Women who are wives, mothers, and leaders at work are accustomed to putting others first and prioritize their health after all their other tasks are completed. Even if you haven’t been to the doctor in years, it’s never too late to take control of your health. Here are some of the easiest ways for you to get your health back on track.
When a cancer moves from its place of origin to a new location in the body, it’s known as metastatic cancer. For a patient or family whose loved one has just received this diagnosis, it can be devastating and hard to understand. At the most basic level, cancer develops when cells grow in an uncontrolled, abnormal way. They don’t function like normal cells. Rather, they interfere with the normal functioning of the body. Cancer develops as a result of a mutation in a person’s DNA. Often, the mutation is a result of the normal process of aging, but it can also be due to unhealthy habits like smoking or exposure to harmful fumes or gases. A cancer typically metastasizes, or grows into a different location, in the later stages of the disease.
Vitamin B-12 deficiency is uncommon in most healthy adults, but as we get older it can be harder for our bodies to absorb, so we become deficient. This deficiency is often spotted in adults who drink heavily, have recently had gastric bypass surgery, or have been using acid-reducing medication for a long period of time. This simple vitamin deficiency can have troubling symptoms and even more serious consequences.
When women reach their 40s or 50s, big changes start happening. As menopause begins, your hormone levels naturally decrease, leaving Read More
If you’re struggling with poor sleep — both quality and quantity — you should start by improving your sleep hygiene, the habits and practices necessary to have a good sleep. One of the best ways to do this is through your mattress. Most people spend an average of seven to eight hours every single day on their mattress. That’s 34 percent of your day! If your mattress is old and uncomfortable, it’s probably time to replace it.
Though self-analysis of one’s own phlegm is an insufficient substitute for a visit to your family physician, there’s no harm in learning. Today, we’re going to break down what the color of your phlegm can tell you about your health, when you’re in the clear, and when it’s time to visit a professional. Sound simple? Great! It’s time to shine a light on the color of your phlegm.