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October 28, 2016
By Ariadne Weinberg,  Featured Columnist

[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our team of Registered
Nurses, Certified fitness trainers and other members of our Editorial

When I first heard this term, I imagined the worst. That the
breasts would get hard and sore. In reality, if you're a
woman with breast calcifications you probably don't even
know you have them. They are simply small calcium deposits
that develop in your breast tissues. They are formed when
crystals of calcium phosphate and collagen combine.

As women grow older, the degeneration can be caused by
injury or infection in the breast, but isn't usually directly
related to aging. A foreign body, for example a breast
implant, can trigger a calcium deposit in the breast tissue as
well. A cyst or fibroadenoma, or milk duct blocked with milk
could also be the culprit. It is not actually related to dietary
calcium directly.

Do breast calcifications increase your breast cancer risk?  

Statistically speaking, breast calcifications are usually non-
cancerous. If you see macrocalcifications, you're probably in
especially okay shape. In your mammogram, they'll look like
large white dots spread out randomly on the breast.

Microcalcifications could be cause for concern, although they
usually aren't an issue either. In certain patterns or clusters,
they could indicate precancerous cells or early breast cancer.
While it's unlikely that they will cause breast cancer, the
calcifications themselves aren't the rarest thing. They usually
show up in 50% of women over 50 and in 10% of women
under 50.

In a 2016 study from The University of North Carolina
examined the relationship between calcifications and breast
cancer prognostic factors.

Researcher Sarah Nyante and colleagues looked at the
Carolina mammography registry, which included 8,472
invasive breast cancers between 1996 and 2011, for cases
occurring within two years of diagnosis.

Breast calcifications were positively associated with high
grade tumors and inversely associated with hormone
receptor-negative status and lobular tumors. In other
words, calcifications were associated with both unfavorable
and favorable prognostic factors.

The best thing to do is keep monitored. Here are some more
tips on how to treat pesky calcifications.

Take Magnesium

This has been shown to balance things out, especially in the
case of a calcification that forms into a cyst. Natural medicine
expert Parhatsathid Papatalung recommends either
magnesium citrate or magnesium chloride in quantities of
200 to 250 grams per day to reduce pain.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Let me state this fact out front-- there are no scientific
studies which prove that apple cider vinegar dissolves
calcium buildup in your body. But there are plenty of
anecdoctal stories to this effect.

This yummy salad ingredient and metabolism stabilizer helps
with de-calcification throughout the body and balances PH
to treat other issues.

Two tablespoons diluted in eight ounces of water, two times
every day should do the trick.

According to internationally reknown naturalist David Wolfe
of Hawaii, apple cider vinegar dissolves the extra calcium
buildup through acidity and restores natural nutrient
balance throughout the body.

Consume Absorbable Calcium

What I am about to tell you will seem counterintuitive. But
oddly enough, studies have shown that consuming enough
calcium actually reduces calcification in the breasts and the
body in general.

However, you'll want to consume it in an easily absorbable
form; vegetables are a better bet than dairy or calcium

A 2006 study from the journal Lipids in Health and Disease
studied rabbits that were divided into two groups: one with
a calcium-deficient diet and the other with three percent

The group with the calcium-supplemented diet was 62%
less likely to develop calcifications. A person from 19-50
years old should consume 1000 milligrams a day, while a
person over 50 should consume 1,200 milligrams a day.

But, eat veggies, people.

Kale, swiss chard, collard, mustard, dandelion, and turnip
greens, broccoli, brussel sprouts and bok choy are good

Heal Up Your Wounds

Some calcifications come along with fat necrosis, where fat
cells die and cause inflammation in the surrounding breast
tissue. Experts at the University of Virginia school of
medicine says this is common in women who have sustained
an injury to the breast tissue. So, make sure to keep your
boobs in good shape after an accident. The necrosis causes
an uncomfortable lump that is irregular in shape, as well
(none too aesthetic), and the calcifications imbed
themselves within that tissue.

Get Some Exercise to Lower Your Estrogen Levels

In the course of breast cancer development, and general
body imbalance, an excess of estrogen occurs.

Why would you suffer from excess estrogen? The Simple
answer is "a sedentary lifestyle".

According to Dr. Seewaldt, from Duke University, "Any type
of exercise is likely to help by lowering estrogen levels.”

A study from the University of South Carolina reveals that
women with high aerobic fitness levels (based on their
endurance on a treadmill exercise test) have a 55% lower
chance of dying from breast cancer than their less cardio-
friendly companions.

In the case that it might be breast cancer, this is a good plan
to follow. Also, it never hurts to get a little exercise.  

Just Chill Out

Yes, really. If your calcifications aren't due to a cyst,
necrosis, or cancer, you can kick back.

And it's actually fairly detrimental to get mammograms all
the time, because they do misdiagnose due to the
imprecision of analysis.

A study from Harvard shows that overzealous diagnosis is
common: Lead author Mette Kalagerii states that,
"Mammography might not be appropriate for use in breast
cancer screening because it cannot distinguish between
progressive and non-progressive cancer...Radiologists have
been trained to find even the smallest of tumors in a bid to
detect as many cancers as possible to be able to cure breast
cancer. However, the present study adds to the increasing
body of evidence that this practice has caused a problem for
women—diagnosis of breast cancer that wouldn't cause
symptoms or death."

This is not to say that you don't ever want to check your
calcifications; only that you shouldn't necessarily obsess
about them.  

Primrose Oil and Chill  

If your calcifications are due to swelling, as in the case of fat
necrosis or a cyst, primrose oil could be the best option for
pain and tenderness, according to Dr. Tori Hudsom a
naturopathic physician.

The oil helps reduce inflammation and relieve pain when
taken regularly. The best way to take it is ingesting 3 grams
per day, but if that's not your style you can also apply it
externally on your sore boobs.

An ideal nighttime routine would include a bit of yoga or
meditation along with the oil, in order to further bring down
inflammation and to just relax.  

Final Note: Make Sure Your Calcifications Are Real  

Sometimes something that looks like calcification will show
up on the mammogram due to a couple factors. The first is a
tattoo. There have been cases of tattoos mimicking the
pattern of calcifications in the lymph nodes. Deodorants or
antiperspirants may cause the same effect, so don't use
them when you go get your mammogram done.  


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