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Do you know about Prophylactic Mastectomy ?
It refers to the action of taking your breast tissue away even though you have no breast cancer. But you already diagnosed to have the risk.
When you do it to both of your breasts, it’s called Double Mastectomy.

Most of medical journals has been talking it in a way that make it sounds like it’s a mutilation process (radical, extreme, etc.), though it’s not. They just don’t know how to talk properly with women. Women should know that it’s a best decision for women who has large risks of breast cancer, whom family (including your aunts or even your grandparents) has a history of breast cancer. We have a great plastic surgery, and there are good doctors who are highly skilled and able to leave only a minim of surgery’s scars.

the operation
Of course there are risks, since it’s a big operation. It takes around 5 hours, and you must be mentally prepared. However, it’s your breasts to be taken, not just some portion of meat. Still, you have to seriously consider it, talk intensely about the options with your trusted doctor.
Ask yourself : Do you still want to be around your family? Around your husband? Around your children? And have a very nice sleep, instead of having mammography and biopsy tests then nervously waiting for the results …. over and over again?

Below is a statistic of women intention to do the mastectomy (from http://www.nature.com):

women intention to have prophylactic mastectomy

You can see from the stat that women who hesitate and who are sure of not doing the mastectomy are the major ones. It certainly shows the contradiction. Yet, let’s give a big applause for those who have decided to have the mastectomy. I believe they did it mostly for the sake of their beloved ones. *My biggest respect to my boyfriend’s mother who has successfully had the operation done*

It’s Genetic,  So Pay Attention

Pay more attention if you have family members around 40 to 45 years old
that already have/had breast cancer or ovarium cancer. Bottom point is “having young family member who has/had neither breast or ovarium cancer”, making your risk of the cancer even greater.

5 – 10 % of breast cancer are genetically inherited. If you are an Ashkenazi or Eastern European Jewish, you have 2,5 % risk of breast cancer. And if your father or a male family member has/had breast cancer, which is very rarely happened, your risk of breast cancer is up until 40%. But by doing the mastectomy, your risk will drastically down until 2%.

If you recognized one of those previous conditions mentioned above, you should ask for ” Genetic Counseling for Breast Cancer ” to your doctor. They will guide you to a consultant that’ll help you going through your family trees, and if they think it’s necessary, you will be asked to do the Genetic Tests. The tests are usually called as “BRCA1” and “BRCA2” (read: braca one, braca two).

Dr. Marie Savard, the expert doctor invited to the Oprah Show, said that BRCA1 and BRCA2 are also related to the Ovarium Cancer, since the ovarium and breast cancer are related. 80 – 85% of women have risk of breast cancer and 50% risk of ovarium cancer. If you take your ovarium lifted, it’ll decrease 50% of your risk of breast cancer on BRCA1 and BRCA2. But it doesn’t mean that your ovarium cancer (if you have one) is completely gone.

When you talk about cancers, there’ll be lots of controversies emerge. In the end, it’s important to know more information about it and you are the one to decide what’s the best thing to do for yourself.

To know more about the prophylactic mastectomy and its procedure, go to :

www.cancerbackup.org.uk/…/Whatitinvolves

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Another Ask DR.OZ episode, and the questions asked are getting braver since the ‘poop’ episode 😀 “Its like breaking the whole walls down!”, said Oprah.
I’m totally agree with her 😀

I want to share some of DR.OZ great knowledge from the show. Though its sounds like ‘ewww!’ sometimes, well almost all the time :p, but it’s definitely very important to know 😉

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR POOP’s CONDITION

1. ‘S’ shape = GOOD HEALTH, enough amount of fibers
2. ‘O’ shape = lack of water
3. Messed up or in liquid shape = you have digestion’s disorder
4. Brown is the colour we wanted
5. The good poop must be sinking, not floating

IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE ALLERGIC OF YOUR SPOUSE’S SPERMS?

Yes, it is possible! Not exactly the sperms, but the protein it carries that can make you allergic after making love with your spouse. The signs of allergic including swollen lips, numbness, redness on your skin, and itch.

The best solution is : use a condom.

This issue could be a big problem for spouses who have problems on trying to have babies.

SMELLY BELLY BUTTON

If it’s an ‘inny’ belly button that produce liquid and smells bad, then it’s a genetic problem.
But if it’s an ‘outty’ belly button, it’s because you had a Hernia when you were a baby.

The solution : go to common doctors to get a cure. Don’t use liquid that you wouldn’t use for your eyes (alcohol, for example) to clean up your belly button. When you use an alcohol, it kills 50 bacteria, but it also kills 5 millions of your protection cells (good cells). So instead of using alcohol, you should use SALT WATER. Our tissue, our cells, they like salt water. Same thing, when you were hurt, you should use salt water instead of alcohol to clean the wound.

SMELLY FEET

Our body produces one litre of sweat every day. Sweat is a good thing because it’s carrying waste out of our body. It’s not suppose to be smelly, though. Smelly feet is because the sweat on your feet is infected by the fungi.
The sign of fungi is white cracked lines or spots on your foot.
You also probably have an ‘athlete foot’, a kind of fungi which is usually grows between your toes.

The solution : make a bucket of iced tea, make it warm a bit, then put your feet into the bucket for half an hour. Do it for a week. Your feet will get brown because of the tea’s chemical effect. But it will get dried soon and peeled off.

Those only a small portion of health knowledge from DR.OZ , I’ll be sharing more about it later! ^^

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Rabbit’s health is the most unknown topic. We can find lots of doctors who understand about cats’ or dogs’ diseases, but not rabbits’. Many rabbits’ deaths are remain misterious, we just don’t know why it died so suddenly. Although the previous day it looked perfectly healthy.

I’ve been there… But never again.

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This 200-some pages book will be your savior during the emergencies, both for the beginners and for those who already have rabbits.

Editorial Reviews (Amazon.com)
Book Description

This user-friendly book on pet rabbit health from a caretaker’s perspective is written for people with little or no medical or veterinary background. Its goal is to help rabbit owners play a more active, informed role in their rabbit’s health care decisions. It should never substitute for a trip to the veterinarian!

The book’s predecessor, Rabbit Health 101, received a favorable review in Exotic DVM Veterinary Magazine. The revised edition incorporates feedback from veterinarians across the country and includes the latest information for the new millennium.
Topics include:
• Choosing and establishing a relationship with a veterinarian
• Symptoms and safe treatment options for a variety of conditions
• Diagnostic tests and how to understand what they tell your veterinarian
• Drugs (prescription, over the counter, and supplements)
• Alternative medicine
• Coping with loss
• Resources and references

Stories and pictures of rabbits from around the world are sprinkled throughout the book, adding personal touches to serious topics. By the time you have read the entire book you will feel that you know Smokey, who inspired the original Rabbit Health 101, and Murray, who contributed so much to this most recent update.

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