Most of us are aware of Breast Self-Exams (BSE), but are they effective in providing early detection? The answer is a resounding YES! After tracking 90,000 Canadian women for 25 years, researchers found that regular Breast Self-Exams were just as effective, if not better, than mammograms in detecting serious cancers that needed treatment.
Once the data came pouring in, the study’s lead author, Dr. Anthony Miller, wondered if BSE could even replace mammograms since “mammography seemed too sensitive.” In the Canadian study of women ages 40-59, mammograms did identify cancers but it also led to unnecessary treatments like chemotherapy.
Traditional doctors and mainstream medicine scoff at the idea that BSE can be an effective way to detect cancer, even saying that it was a waste of time to teach women to do them. Really? Are we some kind of idiots that we cannot feel a marble or a walnut in our own breast? Who knows your breasts better than you do?
To quote Dr. Cornelia Baines an author of the Canadian study, “Everyone’s looking for a technological fix, not what fingers can do.” After all, what profit is there in teaching women about BSE’s???
Although we know that it takes 5-8 years for a lump to show up, getting to know the texture and shape of your breasts is so important. Interestingly, some women are afraid to perform BSE’s because of the idea of finding something that may have them face their mortality. Like any other screening tool, it is best to not rely just on 1 method.
To support very early detection (Essential #7) there is Thermography and specific blood tests that can find cancer in your body even when it is the sizer of a pin head! How’s that for early detection!
Have you heard of Phluffing?
Phluffing is Personal Hand Lymphatic Undulation Flow Facilitation (Phluff).
Conceived by Cheryl Chapman , a nurse and self-breast care advocate, phluffing is a safe, easy, gentle self-massage given to the breasts twice daily in order create flow and break up stagnant fluids and blood. That’s important because the lymphatic system, a vital part of our immune system, collects waste material that’s in the body tissues and attacks cancer cells, viruses, bacteria and toxins.
Here are just a few of the benefits of ensuring that lymph fluid is circulating freely in the breast:
- Softens breasts
- Relieves breast pain
- Decreases lumps and cysts from fibrocystic breasts
- Brings the killer T-Cells to protect the breast from bacteria & cancer
- Brings blood & oxygen to the breast tissue
- Cleans out toxins & stagnation
- Become familiar with your breast
How do you phluff?
The good news is that you have options in your self-care practice. The key is not to feel self-conscious.
- Bend at waist or stand upright
Cup your hands under each breast.
Gently move your hand in an up and down motion as if fluffing a pillow.
Phluff about 10 times
- Place the side of each hand under one breast onto the ribs.
Move your hand left to right in a sideways motion, about 10 times
Repeat for other breast
- Lift the bra straps and move up & down.
Place your hands on each breast & gently press in as if beeping a horn.
This is best done when sitting at a red light, watching TV, or any place at any time. Do it 10 times or more!
Pump up the Phluff
I take phluffing up a notch by incorporating Healthy Girls® Breast Oil not only because it smells divine but because it’s packed with essential oil powerhouses. In fact, studies show that “monoterpenes, especially d-limonene, found in large quantity in certain essential oils, have anti-tumor activity.” They improve the liver’s ability to break down carcinogens by increasing the amount of liver enzymes, and stimulate abnormal cell death and the multiplication of abnormal cells.
Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive, complicated or at the mercy of scheduling with a professional. Regular Self- Breast Exams and Phluffing self-care can be in “your own hands.” Be sure to incorporate it into your daily routine along with regular Thermography screenings and yearly sensitive blood work.
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer Naturally. To get your F.R.E.E. 7 day mini e-course, and to receive her weekly action steps and inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit https://breastcancerconqueror.com/.