Combatting the Big C (Breast Cancer)
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Combatting the Big C (Breast Cancer)

We spoke to Dr Shaila Tyagi a senior gynaecologist and obstetrician on how to combat breast cancer.


About the Expert

Dr Tyagi is based out of Indore and she started practising when she was in UK post embracing motherhood. After practising for five years, she moved back to Indore and set up her own clinic. 

In her 30 years of practice, she has carried out thousands of deliveries in India and abroad and many have been life-saving complex operations. Besides being a genius of her profession she considers her patients as her extended family and deals with them with utmost warmth.

In times when C-section births have become the new normal, she charges the same fees for C-section and natural birth, to establish a point that doctors don’t intentionally refer C-section.

She also takes counselling sessions of young girls who she feels need to be guided properly at the right age. Dr Tyagi is a celebrated name in Indore and a woman who loves to keep herself prim and proper, something we personally noticed.

In this article, Dr Tyagi enlightens us on the ways to combat breast cancer and the common vaccinations that every young girl should take.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide and the second-most-common cause of death from cancer.

Compared to other malignancies in women, breast cancer is something that has received the most public attention. 

Even though the chances of treating breast cancer is on the rise, our efforts to prevent it in the first place aren’t significant. However, our lifestyle, obesity and stress play a major role in inviting the big C.


Lifestyle Factors that Influence Breast Cancer

  • Breast augmentation which has become the in thing may lead to breast cancer.
  • Overuse of antiperspirant and deodorant can also contribute to breast cancer since it contains chemicals like parabens.
  • Smoking and lack of exercise slow the process of detoxification.
  • Alcohol consumption hinder’s the body’s process of detoxification. It attacks the DNA. Same goes for smoking. It attacks the body on a cellular level and can cause cancer of any part of the body.
  • Unopposed use of oral contraceptive pills is also a contributing factor.
  • The more the weight, the more the fat. And fat stores estrogen. Excessive amounts of estrogen can cause breast cancer.
  • The deficiency of Vitamin D.


Yoga and physical exercise further cut the risk of inviting the disease
Yoga and physical exercise help prevent breast cancer.


Keeping the Big C at Bay

  • Avoid unnecessary postmenopausal hormone use.
  • Keep away from smoking and alcohol.
  • Avoid supplements in the form of vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
  • Maintain ideal body weight.
  • Have several servings of vegetables and fruits throughout the day. Consumer a fibre rich diet.
  • Yoga and physical exercise further cut the risk of inviting the disease.
  • Lactation process reduces the risk of breast cancer since when you are lactating you don’t get your periods which results in low amounts of estrogen.


Vaccines That Young Women Should Take

1. Rubella (MMR)

Women who are of childbearing age should receive a screening to check their immunity to rubella. To be eligible to receive the MMR vaccination, women should not be immune, and should not be pregnant. 

After receiving the MMR vaccine, women should wait for at least 3 months before planning a child. The absence of this creates high chances of having abnormal babies.


2. Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Women should get this vaccine to protect themselves against all common types of HPV. HPV can cause cancers of oropharynx, anus, vagina, vulva, and cervix and genital warts.

It should be given to women between the ages of 11 and 26 years. If given before the age of 15, only two doses of the vaccine are required and for women above that age, three doses at 0 months, 6 months and 12 months are prescribed.


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