Of Lumps, Bumps and Breast Cancer

Written by Charlene J. Nuble

You feel a mild soreness inrepparttar breast so you checked for lumps. You felt a little bump. The next best step is to consult a doctor, you might have breast cancer. Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts fromrepparttar 143537 cells ofrepparttar 143538 breast. Breast cancer occurs mainly in women but this does not mean that men are safe from this disease.

A woman's breast is made up of lobules, which are glands that makerepparttar 143539 milk; ducts, which connect lobules torepparttar 143540 nipples; fat and connective tissues; blood vessels; and lymph vessels. Most breast cancers begin inrepparttar 143541 ducts. It may also begin inrepparttar 143542 lobules then spread to other tissues.

When one feels a lump inrepparttar 143543 breast, there is really no virtual worry because most lumps are benign which means that they are not cancerous. In fact, benign breast tumors are abnormal growths but do not really pose threats because they do not spread outside ofrepparttar 143544 breast. However, some benign lumps increaserepparttar 143545 risk in having breast cancer.

Then there are lumps that are not really tumors at all which are often caused by fibrocystic changes -- cysts are fluid-filled sacs while fibrosis isrepparttar 143546 formation of scar-like tissue. These changes can cause swelling ofrepparttar 143547 breasts resulting to being lumpy and sometimes a fluid discharge fromrepparttar 143548 nipples.

There are different types of breast cancer and knowing them will greatly help in assessingrepparttar 143549 disease.

Carcinoma in situ is a term used for early stage of breast cancer whererepparttar 143550 cancer cells are still confined torepparttar 143551 place where it started. In particular,repparttar 143552 cancer cells are confined inrepparttar 143553 lobules orrepparttar 143554 ducts, depending on where it started. The cancer cells have not gone intorepparttar 143555 fatty tissues inrepparttar 143556 breast nor spread to other organs ofrepparttar 143557 body.

Ductal carcinoma in situ isrepparttar 143558 most common type of noninvasive breast cancer. Similar with Carcinoma in situ,repparttar 143559 cancer cells have spread throughrepparttar 143560 walls ofrepparttar 143561 duct intorepparttar 143562 fatty tissue ofrepparttar 143563 breasts. Almost all women with breast cancer at this stage can be cured andrepparttar 143564 best way to find is throughrepparttar 143565 use of mammogram.

Postpartum Depression - Recognizing The Signs

Written by Cassandra Germsheid

In some cases, bringing home your brand new baby doesn't bring happy thoughts likerepparttar ones you were expecting. If this isrepparttar 143430 case, you may be suffering from postpartum depression. If you have suffered depression anytime before giving birth, your chances of suffering postpartum depression are even greater.

Postpartum depression can occur in up to 16% of new moms, but this number may actually be higher due torepparttar 143431 amount of untreated depression. Don't confuse 'baby blues' with postpartum depression. Baby blues typically last from a few days to a week right after childbirth. This is very common and does not need treatment. An easy way to cope with it is to ask for help and support from friends and family. It also helps to talk to other new moms who are experiencingrepparttar 143432 same feelings.

Postpartum depression, onrepparttar 143433 other hand, can occur anytime inrepparttar 143434 first year of your baby's life. If you have any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from postpartum depression.

- sad, irritable, angry, frustrated - feeling like you are a terrible mother - guilt, not feeling worthy - trouble sleeping, always exhausted - thinking there is no light atrepparttar 143435 end ofrepparttar 143436 tunnel - an extreme change in weight, or loss of appetite - you can't concentrate or remember things - constantly worrying about things - you burst out crying for no apparent reason - anxiety - do not want to talk or be with friends and family - your baby does not make you feel happy - wishing you didn't have a baby - wanting to hurt yourself or your baby

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