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Protect Your Young Daughter's Breasts with This One Important Tip

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According to a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, your young daughter’s breasts may be at an increased risk of developing breast cancer simply by carrying her cell phone tucked into her bra. Read on to hear more about what Dr. Oz and other experts have to say about why this is especially important for young women.

“There’s a lot of reasons why women do it every day: it’s easy, it’s convenient and it leaves your hands free. Which is why today, bras hold much more than just breasts,” says Dr. Oz who warns viewers that some doctors believe that there may be more than anecdotal evidence supporting the concern that carrying a cell phone in your bra may increase your risk of developing breast cancer.

To make his point, Dr. Oz introduces Tiffany, who at age 21 was diagnosed as having an aggressive form of breast cancer. What makes Tiffany’s diagnosis so unusual is that she lacks all of the typical risk factors associated with breast cancer such as family history, increased age, genetic mutations linked to breast cancer and cancer-associated lifestyle habits. However, Tiffany and her parents believe that one lifestyle habit she has that millions of women are adopting recently is the habit of carrying their cell phone against their breasts tucked inside their bras.

Tiffany states that she had been carrying her cell phone in her bra for the past four years prior to her breast cancer diagnosis and that what caught her and her parent’s attention was the fact that the cancerous duct cells were aligned exactly with the position her phone was placed over her breast.

Dr. Oz explains to viewers with a sonogram and animated clip of what is going on is that the mammary glands that fill a women’s breast have tiny ducts that act as pathways that allows milk to flow from the mammary glands to the nipples. The cells that make up the ducts will sometimes―as in Tiffany’s case―begin to proliferate in an uncontrolled manner that is referred to as Ductal cell carcinoma. Ductal cell carcinoma accounts for over 100,000 cases of breast cancer per year in the U.S.

There are two types of this kind of breast cancer: Ductal carcinoma in situ and Invasive ductal carcinoma. When caught early, Ductal carcinoma in situ is described as stage 0 breast cancer that has a very good prognosis for survival and recovery when detected and treated early. However, if Ductal carcinoma in situ is allowed to develop too long, it can become the more dangerous and invasive form known as Invasive ductal carcinoma. The danger of this type of cancer is that it can metastasize and spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system, part of which resides near the breast tissue.

Experts estimate that up to 50% of women with Ductal carcinoma insitu that goes untreated will eventually develop the more invasive form of breast cancer. Ductal carcinoma in situ is typically discovered from symptoms such as breast pain and/or a blood discharge from the nipple, or detected and confirmed following a mammogram.

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A clear link backed by scientific research showing an increased risk of developing breast cancer from wearing a cell phone against the breast does not exist and is met with skepticism by the majority of doctors because cell phones are not believed to radiate strongly enough to cause cells to mutate. However, Dr. Oz’s special guest John West, M.D. a surgeon who deals with breast cancer states that the fact that young women who normally would not be getting this kind of cancer, but are, should be raising some red flags that the possibility exists.

Dr. West points out that he is seeing an unusual increase in cases of breast cancer in young women in the same region of their breasts where their cell phones have lain. He believes that this may be especially hazardous in very young teenage girls who are particularly susceptible to cancer when exposed to high frequency radiating type of energy.

“I’m particularly worried about high school girls because the young developing breast is particularly vulnerable—we know this from chest x-ray studies where these young girls were exposed to chest x-rays as teens having a higher incidence of breast cancer. There’s a major concern that millions of women may be at risk,” says Dr. West.

Dr. West concludes that in his opinion that having the habit of carrying a cell phone tucked inside your bra is playing with fire when it comes to the possibility of increasing your risk of breast cancer.

“I think that the cell phone should never be placed against the breast at any time―particularly not for the young age group,” advises Dr. West.

Dr. Oz reports that after contacting the manufacturers of cell phones about the possibility of developing skin cancer from wearing a cell phone against the breast that they state that there is no known risk of that resulting, but that they do recommend that a cell phone in use should be kept no closer than ½ inch to the body.

Dr. Oz concludes the topic by stating that he believes that women should not carry their cell phones in their bras and that he is promoting women’s bras as being what he calls his “no-cell phone-zones” and asks women to send him pictures of creative alternative ways to carry your phone away from your body and away from a potential cancer risk.

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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show