Stress and Breast Cancer

Your cell phone is broken, your child has the flu, and you received a negative review from your supervisor. Stress seems to be a constant part of a women’s life. However, can stress harm your body? New research indicates that women who frequently suffer from stress are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.1 Researchers believe that episodes of stress can lead to changes in hormone levels and a decline in the body’s immune system. Hormones, like oestrogen, are widely recognized by healthcare professionals as a contributing cause of breast cancer. 1 Stress is more than just a nuisance, as it can have dramatic implications to your health.

Accept that your Stress is a Problem

There are issues that women have to overcome on a daily basis that make life challenging. However, when something causes stress it’s worth taking note. The common symptoms of stress are sleepiness, anxiety, teeth grinding, gastrointestinal discomfort, and constant worrying. If you recognize one or more of these signs, it can mean that you’re dealing with stress. When stress becomes a daily part of your life, it needs to be acknowledged as a health problem that must to be addressed.

Identify Causes

Determining the causes of stress in your life is important to reducing it. As you age, the sources of stress will change. In your 20s and 30s, dating may have been source of stress, but it’s not likely to be relevant in your 40s and 50s. Rather, you’re more likely concerned about your health and your family’s health. When a friend or family member is fighting cancer, it may be hard for you to shake the constant thoughts in your mind that you may have to confront the disease. For women who are 40 and over, breast cancer becomes a real concern.  Writing down your thoughts on a notepad is an easy way to identify your sources of stress.

Seek Remedies

Once you’ve figured out what causes stress in your life, you need to take action to eliminate it. There are issues in life that you can’t resolve immediately, but look for things that you change within a few weeks to reduce stress. This could mean that you need to consistently schedule your required annual health tests, like breast exams, in order to be confident that they’re healthy. If work is negatively impacting your life, you may need to switch jobs to one that is less demanding.  Determining your non-essential responsibilities and then eliminating them is also a direct way to reduce stress.  Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your support network.

Stress is more than just a minor nuisance. It’s a legitimate health concern that every women should seek to reduce. There are difficult issues in our lives that lead to stress, and they can’t be fixed quickly. It’s important to recognize the affect they have on our bodies as a result of stress. Reducing stress is essential to our health and must not be ignored.  Outline what steps will work for you to reduce it and then implement them into your daily life.

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Re-opening Safety Protocol Procedures Effective 9/17/2020

In an attempt to practice social distancing we will be limiting the number of patients in our waiting room at one time. Please arrive on time and without additional family members or friends. Our new schedule will be every 45 minutes giving us 30 mins for the exam and 15 minutes to clean up after patient leaves the office.

 

We are only seeing patients on days and times where the other doctors are out of the office.

 

If you are not feeling well the day of your appointment please stay home and do not come in. Call 714-363-5595 to cancel and reschedule your appointment. During this time we will not be charging for same day cancellations as long as you let us know in advance.

 

Prior to Appointment:

  1. Log on to our website at www.ocbreastwellness.com and access our appointment software by clicking SCHEDULE NOW to make sure your credit card information is updated properly in the system. We will not be handling credit cards or cash during your visit. IF you are unable to do this in advance we will have you read your credit card information to us rather than take your card to scan.
  2. Ask Questions prior to your appointment; there will be “minimal talking” during the exam(s). Call in advance if you have concerns or questions.

Upon Arrival:

 

  1. Come up to the door but do not come in until previous patient has left. A chair will be outside for your convenience.
  2. We will email you via DOCUSIGN your paperwork the day before your appointment.
  3. Bring only yourself, your keys, your cell phone & your credit card into the office. No purses, books, drinks or any other items will be allowed in the office.
  4. Please wear your mask into the office and keep it on at all times during the visit (completely covering your nose and mouth). If you don’t have one we will provide one for you.
  5. We will assess your temperature upon arrival. If your respiration is below 94 you will be sent home.

During Exam:

  1. The examiner will have the proper mask, safety goggles and gloves for protection.
  2. Remember limit talking during the breast exam. We will review your results post exam.
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