HELP YOUR CHILDREN GROW AND LEARN

A healthy, nutritious diet helps children grow and learn. It also helps prevent weight-related diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. Children need different amounts of specific nutrients at different ages. They need to eat three meals daily and have healthy snacks in between. The more active your child is, the more calories he or she needs. Here are some ways to encourage your child to follow a nutritious diet:

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SODIUM AND YOUR HEALTH

Sodium is an essential mineral for life. It is regulated in the body by the kidneys. It helps control the body’s fluid balance, affects muscle function and helps send nerve impulses. An Australian study showed the brain responds to sodium in the same way it responds to substances such as cocaine and heroin, which may explain why we tend to overindulge in high-sodium foods.

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HEALTHY EATING TIPS

A balanced healthy diet should contain a variety of nutritious foods and sufficient vitamins and minerals. Such a diet can help you maintain a healthy body weight and reduce your risk of many diet-related problems, such type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. It’s recommended men have around 2,500 calories a day and women 2,000 calories a day. Studies indicate eating a typical Western diet filled with packaged meals, takeout foods, processed meats and sugary snacks may lead to stress, high rates of depression....

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•  A change in the contour, size, texture or temperature of the breast. A pitted, reddish surface that resembles the skin of an orange could be a sign of advanced breast cancer.


•  A change in the nipple, such as dimpling, retraction, itching, ulceration or a burning sensation. A scaly rash of the nipple may be Paget’s disease, which could be associated with an underlying breast cancer.


•  Unusual discharge from the nipple that may be bloody, clear or another color. It is usually caused by benign conditions but may be due to cancer in some cases.


•  Unexplained swelling or/and shrinkage of the breast, especially if it is on one side only.


•  A lump in the underarm or breast that persists after your menstrual cycle. Often this is the first apparent symptom of breast cancer. These lumps are usually painless and are visible on a mammogram before they can be felt or seen.

Breast cancer is a tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. It can spread or metastasize to other parts of the body. Detecting breast cancer as early as possible gives you a better chance of successful treatment. You can keep up with your breast health by knowing how your breasts normally look and feel. A sign, such as a rash, can be observed and recognized by a doctor or healthcare professional. A symptom, such as pain or tiredness, is something only the person experiencing it can feel and know. A doctor should check unusual symptoms.


The most common symptom of breast cancer for many women is a mass or lump. However, many women have breast lumps; nine out of 10 of these lumps are benign, which means they are not cancerous. Most benign breast lumps are cysts (sacs of fluid) and are very common. Some are fibroadenomas – a collection of fibrous glandular tissue, common in younger women under 30 years of age – and some are areas of normal lumpiness that are more obvious just before a period.


Initially, breast cancer has no symptoms. However, as the tumor develops, you may notice the following signs:


•  Swelling in the armpit or a marble like area under the skin, which may be a sign that breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. Although these lumps and swellings are often painless, they may be tender.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER

HARLEENA SINGH

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Other signs include pain or tenderness in the breast; a noticeable flattening or indentation on the breast, indicating a tumor that cannot be seen or felt; or an area that is different from any other area on either breast.


These signs and symptoms do not necessarily mean cancer. Bloodstained nipple discharge, inverted nipples or a rash can also be due to other medical conditions. However, you should see your doctor to be sure. He or she can refer you to a breast clinic.


Later, other signs and symptoms occur as cancer grows larger or spreads to other parts of the body, including other organs. These include weight loss, bone pain, nausea, loss of appetite, jaundice, headache, double vision, muscle weakness and buildup of fluid around the lungs.


Inflammatory breast cancer, a rare type of breast cancer, can have different symptoms. The whole breast may feel hard, can be very sore and look red and inflamed. The skin sometimes looks like an orange peel because the pores stand out in the inflamed area.


Any breast cancer symptoms you notice should be investigated as soon as possible.


Sources and Resources:


www.cancer.org

www.cancerresearchuk.org

www.nationalbreastcancer.org

www.webmd.com