When a lump or specific site in your breast is detected, it raises serious questions on what to do, and what to do next. Breast Cancer is more common than you think, affecting 1 in 8 women in their lifetimes.
Not only are women capable of developing breast cancer, but men are too. It’s important to educate yourself & loved ones on what to look for and what you can do to prevent tumors & cancerous lumps.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in Hemp & Cannabis plants. CBD, unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), does not impair the psyche, and provides a calming, soothing effect to help aid in chemotherapy side effects such as nausea, appetite, and pain relief.
CBD may help manage symptoms of breast cancer, as well as help prevent tumorous growths from enlarging, or even forming.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
It’s important to note that not everyone shows physical symptoms of Breast Cancer. Some symptoms may only show in one breast, in which it should be checked out immediately.
Common symptoms are:
- Change breast or nipple to touch
- Lumps(abnormal tissue mass), Skin Texture, or tenderness
- Change in breast or nipple to eye
- Excessive swelling/shrinking, redness, scaly, inversion of nipples
- Nipple Discharge
- Clear or Bloody
Only a small amount of lumps on the breast turn out to actually be cancer. This doesn’t mean to ignore any possible indications of needed treatment.
Generally, Pain is not a common symptom of cancer, but some may feel it in one or both breasts. Breast pain could be caused by puberty, menstruation/PMS, pregnancy, or menopause. Breast Pain may be a sign of Inflammatory Breast Cancer, but usually is not anything serious.
Breast Cysts, or fluid filled sacs in the breast tissue, are another common alert that worries many. These sacs feel similar to a tumor, but rest assured, they aren’t hollow and your health care provider will be able to decipher the lumps for you. Cysts come and go around your hormone cycles during your menstrual period.
As stated by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, “Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment”. Men think because they don’t have lactating breasts that breast cancer isn’t possible for them! Don’t be ashamed -be proud of your body (do a self-check test in the privacy of your shower!).
If you or a loved one are experiencing a symptom, get checked out! We always recommend consulting a medical professional before starting any wellness treatment.
How CBD helps manage Cancer Growth
CBD has not yet been scientifically proven to treat cancer itself- results of studies with CBD have been promising, but not conclusive. With the growing industry booming across the United States, medical professionals have been looking vigorously into this organic compound.
The American Cancer Society states, “More recently, scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in lab dishes. Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer”.
In a preclinical study published in 2012 it is summarized, “Although some highly successful treatments have been developed, certain breast tumors are resistant to conventional therapies and a considerable number of them relapse. Therefore, new strategies are urgently needed, and the challenge for the future will most likely be the development of individualized therapies that specifically target each patient’s tumor… Thus, these compounds exert anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic, anti-migratory and anti-invasive actions in a wide spectrum of cancer cells in culture. Moreover, tumor growth, angiogenesis and metastasis are hampered by cannabinoids…”
The slowing of growth and the spread of cancer cells with a natural alternative has sparked interest into what else these cannabinoids may do to help the human body. Penn State College of Medicine researchers state some cannabinoid compounds may actually inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells in the lab.
Although there isn’t definitive evidence of Cannabidiol as an effective treatment for cancer, it can help inhibit cancer growth and spread. As technology and science advances, the future of cannabinoid medicine will too.
How CBD helps with Chemotherapy Side-Effects
Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cells in your body. Per Mayo Clinic, chemo is most often used to treat cancer, since cancer cells grow and multiply much more quickly than most cells in the body. The most debilitating part of this process, besides the cancer, is the intense side effects many patients face during their treatments, and in-between.
Although conclusive evidence is yet available, it has been scientifically proven that CBD may help manage symptoms of Breast Cancer such as stimulating appetite, providing pain relief, soothing nausea, & even preventative care.
Chemotherapy may induce a number of side effects on the individuals involved in its treatment. CBD works with the bodies naturally occurring endocannabinoid system to help bring the inhibiting CB1 & CB2 receptors throughout the body, providing relief to stressed receptors (ie. Pain Receptors).
Nausea is a queasy sensation including an urge to vomit. This symptom can occur immediately or randomly throughout chemotherapy treatments & can be sudden and random. Many patients are prescribed anti-nausea medications to help calm the fluctuations down, but many find that CBD helps soothe the symptom by reducing nausea naturally.
Neuropathy is nerve pain that occurs when nerves are damaged. This can occur from the chemotherapy treatments and leave patients in agony, unable to move around the world like before. CBD helps patients by helping aid in sensations of pain, redness, swelling, tenderness, and heat, relieving the pain rather than masking it.
Loss of appetite from the radiation, chemicals, and extreme nausea can make it extremely difficult to function properly. Not eating properly not only contributes to poor nutrition and health, but can effect daily life including personal relationships and responsibilities. CBD helps stimulate the user’s appetite, causing them to want to eat & keep it down by inhibiting the nausea preventing the experience.
Preventative care is key when it comes to managing cancer and tumor cells. CBD has been shows to help slow down and inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells. CBD and other cannabinoids are known for their anti-oxidant properties, therefore reducing free radicals and cancer causing particles to infect the body. One can help prevent cancerous growths by starting a daily CBD regimen BEFORE a diagnosis occurs.
What Can I Do to Help Myself & Others?
Breast Cancer can develop in anyone, regardless of lifestyle, genetics, gender or age. There are steps you can take at home to help detect and prevent cancer from developing. A healthy lifestyle, such as an organic diet full of antioxidant-rich fruits & vegetables and exercising regularly can help aid in prevention, as well as CBD doses regularly.
A regular regimen of CBD can help prevent diseases, cancer, and tumorous cells as well as minimizing free radicals in the body. Not only can this cannabinoid prevent, but it can also help relieve ailments related to cancer and chemotherapy treatments, without the negative side effects of a pharmaceutical. Numerous fighters & survivors have claimed that the Cannafyl Relief Tincture Oil has helped them get their lives back by relieving their uncomfortable, limiting symptoms as well as help them go into, and stay, in remission.
Most importantly, checking yourself regularly for lumps and physical changes in your breasts should be done monthly for early detection practices. A Breast Self-Exam is simple, and takes less than 5 minutes to perform and can be done alone in the privacy of your home. Clinical Breast Exams are a bit more in-depth, and are conducted by your health care professional. Yearly Mammograms, or X-Ray of the Breast, are also important to get done to see breast cancer up to three years before it physically felt.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides a monthly scheduling tool to help remind you of your monthly exams, yearly mammograms, and clinical breast exams. You can find the tool at earlydetectionplan.org. If you notice any abnormalities in your nipples, breast tissue, or surrounding area, don’t hesitate to get screened by your doctor.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Here’s what you can do right now!
In the Your Community:
- Donate to a Breast Cancer Charity
- Bosom Buddies of Arizona
- Breast Cancer Society Inc.
- Breast Cancer Foundation of AZ
- Breast Cancer Research Foundation
- Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer
- Susan G Komen for the Cure
- Walk in an Awareness Walk!
- October 26th– Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (Phoenix)
- Fundraise your own event with friends & loved ones!
- Show your support & wear PINK!
- Share YOUR story & help other cancer survivors!
- Do a Breast Self-Exam RIGHT NOW!
- Limit alcohol and smoking habits
- Eat clean & whole foods
- Regularly exercise
- Drink plenty of water and sunlight
Cancer is preventable with a healthy lifestyle. Small changes in daily habits and meals can make all the difference when it comes to preventative care.
Cannafyl is going PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness!
All Cannafyl CBD products will have a pink ribbon to show support of those battling this condition!
15% of October’s sales will be donated to Bosom Buddies of Arizona!
About Bosom Buddies:
Bosom Buddies of Arizona was founded in 1982 by five women in the advertising and communications industry in Phoenix. Our founder, Dee Courtwright-Smoot, promised if she lived through her battle with breast cancer she would do “something” to help other men and women with the same diagnosis. At the time there was very little information available on breast cancer and no one spoke openly about it.
The original members agreed that one way to help was to provide a telephone information line. Using their own home phones and a passion to help others, a new volunteer organization for men and women with breast cancer was born. The ladies took the calls themselves until a newspaper article appeared about Bosom Buddies and the number of calls increased. At that time, Bosom Buddies of Arizona partnered with an answering service that forwarded calls to volunteers who were trained breast cancer survivors.
The next project was to provide meeting places where people dealing with a new breast cancer diagnosis could speak to those who walked that path before them. Soon monthly meetings began and today there are several support groups serving the Valley of the Sun. The sessions include both educational programs with breast cancer professionals and discussion among the group members.
Bosom Buddies of Arizona’s leadership recognized the importance of public advocacy to address challenging issues such as research funding levels and access to care. Our organization became a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, a coalition of hundreds of breast cancer organizations who lobby Congress and other decision makers for public policies that impact breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment. Bosom Buddies of Arizona is now a board member of NBCC. Our volunteers participate in advocacy efforts on the state and national level.
The mission of Bosom Buddies of Arizona is to increase awareness of breast cancer by prevention, early detection and to provide support to men and women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families. We will do this through the sharing of common experiences and knowledge through personal contacts, the hotline, support groups, social media, and educational material.