Julia Bradbury says women battling breast cancer need to remember to take care of their mental and physical health.
Country Life presenter, 51, sent her ‘love and support’ to newly diagnosed patients in her latest update.
She also credited the exercises that helped her breasts heal after she shared a poignant throwback photo of her sister drying her hair on Thursday.
Touching: Julia Bradbury, 51, says women battling breast cancer need to take care of their ‘mental and physical health’ as she shared a throwback photo of her sister drying her hair on Thursday.
Julia, who was diagnosed with cancer in September last year, said her sister Gina had ‘dried her hair because she couldn’t lift her hand.’
With the photo, she wrote: ‘For all the women who have just been diagnosed with #BreastCancer, I am sending love and positive wishes.
‘I know … it’s a shock. I know … you never thought that would happen. I know … you’re scared. Treatments and outcomes are improving, but it’s still a brutal process. ‘
Inspirational: Taking to Instagram, Julia sent her ‘love and support’ to those who were diagnosed with the disease in a recent update.
The presenter continued: ‘Get as much help as possible from family, friends and your medical team. Philanthropic organizations like gmaggiescentres @macmillancancer @pinkribbonfoundation @breastcancerirelan @futuredreamscharity @breastcancernow provide incredible support and information if you need it.
‘I advise you to know what you can do about your cancer … We are all different and we have cancers. I recommend using nature and food to help you stay healthy.
‘I’m sure the exercise I did before my #mastectomy helped me heal. The last thing you want to do is … you need flexibility, mental and physical health. ‘
Hardik: Along with the photo, she wrote: “For all the women who have just been diagnosed with #BreastCancer, I am sending love and positive wishes.”
She continued: ‘Psychological and emotional effects are often overlooked. I am very grateful for the love I received. This is my sister @ginabradburyfox washing and drying my hair for me which she did for weeks because I couldn’t lift my hand.
‘Find your clan and don’t be afraid to ask for help. And a little suggestion if you’re a friend or family member … as good as it gets, please don’t send ‘how are you’ messages? ‘ – It’s a pressure to respond to everyone and you can imagine what a complex message this is: I’m scared, confused and don’t know what the consequences will be .. (but send a message to say you’re thinking. Offer that person and your help )
Julia concludes: ‘Here’s the truth: if you hear the words’ cancer ‘, life will never be the same again, but there will always be hope and positivity.’
Health War: Julia describes how her breast cancer has a ‘possibility of recurrence’ and says ‘this is really something that will stay with you forever’.
Julia explains how her breast cancer is ‘likely to recur’, which she first discovered in September last year.
Speaking on Wednesday’s Luz Woman, she opened up about her health battle, telling the panel: “It’s really something you’ll have forever.”
During the interview, Julia, who recently shared her journey in her new ITV documentary, also felt ‘guilty’ of bringing cancer to her diagnosis and the lives of her loved ones.
Lovely: Discussing her show titled Breast Cancer and Me, Julia said she was happy to see how ‘insecure’ she was in her battle with cancer.
Discussing her show titled Breast Cancer and Me, Julia said how happy she was to be able to show how ‘sensitive’ she was in the fight against cancer, then admitting that it could happen again.
She said: ‘I think people in general were surprised at how insecure I looked. I was happy to show that side.
‘Kelly close [director] It wanted to be personal, touching and emotional. We don’t talk much about the emotional impact of having cancer. Psychologically, coping is a big deal.
‘It’s really something you’ll always have. It is likely to happen again. ‘
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and affects more than two million women a year
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. There are more than 55,000 new cases each year in the UK, and the disease kills 11,500 women. In the US, it strikes 266,000 each year and kills 40,000. But what is the cause and how can it be treated?
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer develops from cancer cells that grow in the lining of a tube or lobule in one of the breasts.
When breast cancer has spread to the surrounding breast tissue, it is called ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people have been diagnosed with ‘in situ carcinoma’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the tubules or lobules.
Most cases develop in women over 50 but young women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can occur in men, although it is rare.
Staging is how big the cancer is and how widespread it is. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 is when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Cancer cells are classified as low, which means slow growth, high, which is fast growing. High-grade cancers are more likely to return after first treatment.
What causes breast cancer?
A cancerous tumor begins with an abnormal cell. The exact cause of the cell’s cancer is not clear. Something is thought to damage or alter certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiplies ‘out of control’.
Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase the chances of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The first common symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid-filled cysts, which are benign.
The first common cause of breast cancer is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this happens, you will develop swelling or a lump in the armpit.
How is breast cancer diagnosed?
- Preliminary evaluation: The doctor examines the breasts and armpits. They may perform tests such as mammography, special X-rays of the breast tissue that may indicate the possibility of a tumor.
- Biopsy: A biopsy is the removal of a small sample of tissue from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under a microscope to see the abnormal cells. Samples can confirm or deny cancer.
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, further tests may be needed to assess whether it has spread. For example, a blood test, an ultrasound scan of the liver, or a chest x-ray.
How is breast cancer treated?
Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormone therapy. Often a combination of these two or more treatments is used.
- Surgery: Breast augmentation surgery or removal of the affected breast depending on the size of the tumor.
- Radiotherapy: Treatment using high-energy beams of radiation focused on cancerous tissue. It kills the cancer cells, or stops the cancer cells from growing. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
- Chemotherapy: Treatment of cancer using anti-cancer drugs that kill or stop the cancer cells from multiplying.
- Hormone treatment: Some types of breast cancer are affected by the female hormone estrogen, which can cause cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments that lower or stop these hormone levels are commonly used in people with breast cancer.
How successful is the treatment?
Cancer is still small, and has not spread when the approach to diagnosis is best. Surgical removal of the tumor at an early stage may provide a better chance of healing.
Regular mammography for women between the ages of 50 and 70 means that more breast cancer is being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
For more information, visit breastcancercare.org.uk, breastcancernow.org or www.cancerhelp.org.uk.
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