During the entire lifetime of a woman, she would have to deal with a number of problems of the body. Breast lumps of varying types affect a woman and most of them are entirely harmless.
Breast calcifications are hard deposits of calcium inside the breast tissue. Calcifications in the breast normally do not cause any problem. But they could also be an indication of possible breast cancer. This is why it is of great importance to get any kind of calcifications checked thoroughly.
Causes of Breast Calcification
Generally, ageing is considered as the core cause of calcification in the breast. A woman’s risk of calcification increases with age. Minor injury or inflammation of the breast too will cause calcium deposits in the breast. Calcification has nothing to do with excess intake of calcium as perceived my most women.
Out of the two types of calcifications, namely macro and micro calcifications, macro calcification is larger and non cancerous. It is the micro calcification that can pose the risk of a possible cancerous growth at a later stage as micro calcification is formed due to rapid cell development.
Diagnosis of Breast Calcification
Regular self examination can help in identifying hardened areas of the breast. Calcifications can also be spotted during a mammography as they appear as clear white dots on the images.
Women over the age of 50 must get into the habit of undergoing yearly mammograms to detect lumps and tumours. Any abnormality will require a diagnostic mammogram or a biopsy for confirmation.
How to Treat Breast Calcifications
Though more than eighty percent of the calcifications can be classified as benign, some of them could be cancerous and in such cases, the treatment method will be same as that of breast cancer, comprising surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
One must be very sure about the calcification before the treatment procedure is undertaken. An MRI scan can be done for confirmation of the cancer. Normally, older women opt for a mastectomy to prevent any complications later on. Otherwise, specific areas of the breast tissue where the calcification is located can be identified and removed, conserving most part of the breast tissue.
The calcification removal procedure is painful where the breast will be placed under a mammogram and the doctor will identify the area of calcification and insert a fine wire with a curved tip to mark the location of the calcification. This method helps in creating a clean line around the calcification and complete removal of the suspicious area.
Prevention of Breast Calcification
Proper food habits and exercise will help in controlling the formation of breast calcifications. Self examination of the breast must be undertaken regularly to identify any lumpy areas. Regular mammograms after a certain age will help in detecting lumps and cancerous tissues early on.
Cardiovascular exercises like running, walking etc. can keep the body fit and prevent toxic build up in the body and also develop immunity. Red clover and nettle are known to dissolve calcifications and can be taken on a daily basis. Your diet can also include lentils, fruits and whole grains which will prevent the occurrence.