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October 25 Oct 25 : Maintaining good breast health is important for the overall well-being of a woman. Breast health is not just synonymous to keeping ‘Cancer at bay, but it is also about dealing with unexplained pain in the breasts or those mysterious lumps which keep appearing and disappearing at will – mostly, making you wonder if you are just over-doing the breast self-examination! Well, be assured you are not imagining either of these discomforts, nor are they related to your periods.

Noted gynecologist, Dr. Priti Vyas says, “Women go through various types of breast discomfort and often shy away from discussing them. Some of them even fear being diagnosed with something critical, which is actually not the case. Every lump that you encounter in your breasts is not cancerous! Stop and take a breath. Before you jump to conclusions it is good to evaluate yourself for other potential disorders of breasts.”

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Symptoms of Breast Cancer You Shouldn’t Ignore

The first step towards ensuring well-being of breasts begins with examining yourself for any symptoms or changes in your breasts. Here are some of the most common symptoms which are often overlooked and end up causing a lot of discomfort:

Breast tenderness and pain – which at times may increase in intensity closer to periods

  • Lumpy, free-moving masses near the armpit
  • Breast lumps – which fluctuate in size, appear and disappear
  • Discharge – Green or dark brown non-bloody nipple discharge

The above symptoms could be seen across age-groups, in most cases these could be diagnosed as fibrocystic breast disease or just tiny clusters of calcium. Breast disorders comprise approximately 40 per cent of the reasons for women’s visit to diagnostic centers. Worldwide, nearly 200000 breast disorders are diagnosed annually.

Dr. Vyas, adds, “an estimated 50 per cent of women between the ages of 20 and 50 are the most affected. It does not correlate with an increased risk of breast cancer. It is imperative that women keep track of any changes in the breasts and symptoms. Carrying out self- examination as well as check-ups with a General Physician is suggested in order to have early detection of new lumps.”

The expert tells us more on the treatment and how to avoid these disorders:

  • Importance of wearing a properly fitted and supportive bra – Eases the pain and discomfort
  • Your gynecologist may prescribe a course of pain relieving medication or birth control pills to help relieve the symptoms
  • Some women find if they eliminate caffeine, lower the amount of salt and saturated fats in their diet, it can help reduce breast tenderness
  • Vitamin E supplements, Evening primrose oil, Dietary Flaxseed can help to reduce breast pain symptoms.

Please see your gynecologist or general practitioner if –

New lump develops in the breast or underarm (armpit).

  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.

Note: The Signs mentioned above can be warning signs of breast cancer. Different people have different symptoms of breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all. Please consult your doctor before taking any supplements. (Inputs from P&G Health)

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Three Covid Vaccines currently in testing phase in India: PM Modi

The Prime Minister’s assurance came at a time when the number of India’s Covid-19 cases have crossed the 24.50-lakh mark.

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New Delhi, Aug 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said three vaccines are currently under testing phase in India and their mass production will begin as soon as the scientists give the green signal.

As the world inches closer to a Covid-19 vaccine with many vaccine candidates under final trials, the Prime Minister speaking from the rampart of the Red Fort on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day, assured the nation that the fight against the pandemic was progressing in the right direction and at right pace.

The Prime Minister’s assurance came at a time when the number of India’s Covid-19 cases have crossed the 24.50-lakh mark.

“Not only one or two, there are three Corona vaccines presently under testing phase in India. As soon as the green signal is received from the scientists, the country’s preparation is also ready for their mass production,” Modi said in his 90-minute address to the nation.

Modi’s announcement came just three days after the first meeting of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19, a NITI Aayog panel in which the Union Health Ministry has said that the country would leverage domestic vaccine production capacity.

The Prime Minister reminded everyone that there was only one lab for testing in our country when the Coronavirus first appeared in the country and now India has more than 1,400 labs.

The Prime Minister also lauded the efforts of Covid warriors, saying “in this extraordinary time of corona, our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, ambulance personnel, sweepers, policemen, servicemen, and many other people are working continuously round the clock, regardless of their lives, with a sense of service”.

Modi expressed his condolences to all those people in various parts of the country who have been facing natural calamities and disasters and assured them his full support in their hour of need.

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Kubbra Sait compares Covid-19 test with sex

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Mumbai, Aug 14 : Actress Kubbra Sait jokes she has lost her virginity to the Covid-19 test, adding that it was not as bad as she imagined.

“I lost my virginity to the covid test. Really it wasn’t half as bad as my mind had conjured it to be. It was a quick in and out. Reminded me of a few ex lovers. It made me sneeze. Ok bye,” Kubbra tweeted.

However, the “Sacred Games” actress did not share the reason behind taking the test.

Earlier this year, Kubbra had shared that she feels people should stop whining about lockdown, adding that since it is not in our control the best thing is to “just chill out”.

“Stop whining about the lockdown, it makes no sense. It is not in your control. So please stop whining, it is not going to change if you whine a little more or little less today so just chill out,” Kubbra had said.

“I think, let us just accept what’s happening right now. I know it is an old cliche, but it works especially in the times that we are in right now,” she had added.

Talking about how her habit changed during lockdown, she said: “The thing is that I used to hate brushing. I always felt I have no time to brush my teeth. I used to be like who is going to spend five extra minutes to brush their teeth. So yeah, now I brush like three to four times a day and I am very proud of myself. I hope my dentist would be just as proud of me.”

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Health Ministry official Lav Agarwal tests Covid-19 positive

Lav Agarwal has also served in Central teams assessing containment efforts in areas with high virus case load.

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Senior government bureaucrat and the face of televised briefings on coronavirus containment efforts by the Union health ministry, Lav Agarwal, has tested positive for the disease on Friday, according to a tweet posted by the Joint Secretary himself.

“Dear All, just to inform that I have tested positive for Covid 19 and initiating home isolation as per guidelines,” Agarwal tweeted.

He also requested all his friends and colleagues to self monitor their health status in line with the standard process.

“Requesting all my friends, colleagues for self monitoring. Contact tracing will be done by Health team. Hoping to see everyone soon,” said Agarwal ending his tweet.

Agarwal has also been part of Central teams inspecting the efficacy of containment efforts in states and areas with high viral case load incidents.

Agarwal is the latest in a long line of high ranking officials who have contracted the disease in the line of duty.

Earlier today, Union home minister Amit Shah announced that he had been cured of the disease after testing negative for the virus on Friday. Shah, discharged today from Medanta hospital in Gurgaon, will however remain in home isolation for a few days.

He also thanked the doctors and paramedical staff of the hospital, where he was admitted after he declared his coronavirus positive status on August 2.

In Kerala, at least 23 officials including Malappuram collector and superintendent of police tested positive for the disease after their involvement in operations to rescue passengers of Kerala air crash last Friday at Kozhikode. One of the passengers who died in the crash and two others who received injuries had tested positive for the disease two days after the crash.

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