TWO sisters have made the brave decision to both undergo a double mastectomy after discovering they’re at greater risk of developing breast cancer.
Clare Lawrence and her sister Lisa Lillicrap carry the faulty BRCA genes, the same gene that prompted Angelina Jolie to undergo a preventative breast removal in 2013.
BBC Clare and Lisa both have the faulty BRCA gene that increases their risk of breast cancer
Clare has already had her operation and now, younger sister Lisa is preparing for hers.
The sisters, from Plymouth, talk about their reasons behind their decision on tonight’s BBC Inside Out.
“You feel a bit like that ticking time bomb and I can’t shift it,” Lisa said.
“And this year I’ve had another call back, another biopsy and for me I think right, concrete now, decision’s made for surgery, that’s absolutely going to happen.
BBC Lisa is about to undergo a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of cancer
“It is going to be life changing, I won’t have to worry anymore.
“And knowing I can set those examples to my children that there is a positive outcome from something you might find dark and negative, that means a lot to me.”
The BRCA1 mutation is the more serious of the two – increasing a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer from two per cent to 40-60 per cent, according to Ovarian Cancer Action.
While the risk of breast cancer rises from 11 per cent to 60-85 per cent.
BBC Clare has already undergone her double mastectomy
BBC Lisa said she is glad she can set the example for her kids that something good can come out of something negative
Meanwhile the BRCA2 mutation raises a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer to 10-20 per cent, and the risk of breast cancer to 45-60 per cent.
Clare and Lisa’s children also face a 50 per cent chance of inheriting the faulty gene.
“The last year has taught us that we’re really strong women,” Clare said.
“But it is nothing in comparison to some of the women out there that are going through breast cancer.”
AP:Associated Press Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative breast removal in 2013 after she tested positive for the gene
The BRCA mutations can also increase the risk of prostate, pancreatic and breast cancer in men.
Angelina Jolie, whose mum Marcheline Bertrand died from ovarian cancer at the age of 56, underwent a preventative breast removal in 2013 after she tested positive for the gene.
Sharon Osbourne, 65, also revealed she had had the surgery that year because she also has the faulty gene and couldn’t bear to fight cancer again after a colon (bowel) cancer diagnosis in 2002.
There are around 18,000 preventative mastectomies performed in England each year, according to the NHS.
The procedure is carried out on healthy breast tissue to reduce the risk of cancer developing.
Red Wine Health Benefits – Is A Glass Or Two A Day Really Good For You, Does It Contain Iron And Should I Drink It Before Bed?
FOR some, a glass of red wine is the ultimate tipple, and it shows no signs of losing popularity, as there have been numerous scientists gushing that the drink may actually carry health benefits.
But what are those benefits, and is it true? Here’s the lowdown.
Getty – Contributor Red wine is full of antioxidants that can prevent certain illnesses
Is a glass or two a day really good for you?
Obviously, everyone is aware that excess binge drinking is damaging to your health.
However, a small quantity of red wine has actually found to have health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, due to its antioxidants.
Recent research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has also indicated that the drink contains compound known as polyphenols that fight tooth decay and gum disease.
Also, researchers at the Harvard Medical School found that resveratrol in wine activates a protein that acts as an anti-aging agent, improving your life span.
Getty – Contributor Enjoying a glass or two in moderation can actually carry health benefits
Does it contain iron?
Iron is important to incorporate in a healthy diet, and is normally found in red meat, pulses, and vegetables.
Red wine contains tannins, which inhabit your body’s ability to absorb iron, so if you’re wanting to boost your intake, avoid pairing it iron rich foods.
Beauty Therapist Warns Ingredient Found In Radox Muscle Soak ‘could Induce Early Labour’
A BEAUTY therapist is warning pregnant women to avoid using a popular brand of bath soap because it contains ingredients that could trigger early labour.
Hayley Wright claims Radox muscle soak contains an essential oil called clary sage, which is believed to increase childbirth hormone,oxytocin, in the body.
An ingredient found in Radox muscle soak is believed to induce labour
But the products makers, Unilever, insist the bath soak is safe for use and is “thoroughly assessed to ensure they meet our high quality and safety standards” before being sold.
Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally by the brain that plays a role in pain relief, childbirth and breastfeeding.
It is the hormone that helps trigger labour and speeds up contractions.
But there is no scientific evidence that clary sage stimulates oxytocin and therefore induces labour.
Getty – Contributor Clary sage, found in the muscle soak, is thought to increase oxytocin levels in the body, which can induce labour
Hayley posted the warning on her Facebook page, saying: “Clary Sage is an excellent pain killer but it should never be used during pregnancy especially during the first and second trimesters as it actually has the power to induce labour.
“There is not one warning label on this bottle that says ‘do not use during pregnancy’.
“I am going to report this to the company but in the mean time I’d appreciate people passing on this message to any pregnant ladies out there as this could cause some serious problems during pregnancy.”
Hayley added that she was not claiming the muscle soak alone would trigger early labour, just that it was something pregnant women should be aware of.
Not known, clear with picture desk Clary sage is an essential oil that is believed to induce labour, but there is no scientific evidence to suggest it works
A description of the bath soak on the products website says “aching muscles find relief in the enlivening mix of clary sage and sea minerals”.
Clary sage is an essential oil that is believed to have antiseptic, pain relieving properties.
It is commonly used as a natural remedy for inducing labour and also aiding the respiratory, muscular and uterine systems while a woman is giving birth.
Several websites suggest that clary sage can be used to induce labour through inhaling the essential oil either in a bowl of steaming water or sniffing it on cotton pads.
But it is not a recognised medical treatment and, as with all natural therapies, it should be treated with caution as it has not undergone the same scientific testing medicinal treatments have to undergo.
There are some scientific studies that acknowledge that clary sage has been linked to increasing levels of oxytocin in the body.
Getty – Contributor Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally by the brain that helps trigger labour and contractions
But they all conclude that there is no evidence to suggest it triggers labour.
And Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and clinical director of Patient.info, agrees that the essential oil is highly unlikely to induce labour.
“Theoretically, it may increase oxytocin and stimulate contractions,” she told The Sun Online.
“But the studies are extremely limited and I certainly won’t be recommending it to my patients as a way to induce labour.”
Dr Jarvis said the muscle soak was unlikely to pose any risk to mums-to-be.
“If you wanted to be 100 per cent safe then it is probably worth avoiding,” she added.
Dr Jarvis said the theory behind clary sage inducing labour is that it might increase oxytocin levels in the body – the hormone that triggers childbirth.
“Oxytocin is produced during labour, or for induction of labour, and basically it increase contractions,” she said.
Essential Oils In Soaps And Shampoos Could Be Giving You Man Boobs
BOYS, listen up – essential oils found in soaps and shampoos could be giving you man boobs.
Lavender oil and tea tree oil have hormone disrupting chemicals that mimic oestrogen and block testosterone, new research suggests.
Getty – Contributor Essential oils found in soaps and shampoos could be giving you man boobs
The oils are popular in different soaps, shampoos, lotions, hair styling products, cologne and laundry detergents.
They are also used in aromatherapy and alternative treatments including tea tree oil for acne or lavender oil for sleep problems.
But while they might smell nice it could be giving men an unwanted side effect – moobs.
Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, looked at eight chemicals found in lavender and tea tree oil and found all of them promoted the production of oestrogen and inhibiting testosterone.
Getty – Contributor High levels of oestrogen in the body can give you man boobs
Lead investigator J. Tyler Ramsey said: “Our society deems essential oils as safe.
“However, they possess a diverse amount of chemicals and should be used with caution because some of these chemicals are potential endocrine disruptors.”
He suggested the chemicals found in the oils were consistent with hormonal changes that could stimulate the growth of breasts in men.
“Lavender oil and tea tree oil pose potential environmental health concerns and should be investigated further,” he added.
Getty – Contributor The oils are popular in different soaps, shampoos, lotions, hair styling products, cologne and laundry detergents
But it is not just lavender and tea tree oil that contain hormone-disrupting chemicals.
Ramsey believes as many as 65 other oils could contain the chemicals, which requires further investigation.
UNDER THE KNIFE Shocking photos reveal the embarrassing reality of ‘MOOBS’ – as more men opt to have ‘moob jobs’ to fix their man boobs
So you best check the ingredients of your soaps and shampoos before using them, boys.
Man boobs, or “moobs”, are usually caused by a medical condition called gynecomastia.
It can be caused by a hormone imbalance or a build up of fatty tissue around the breast area.
The most common hormone imbalance that causes moobs is too much oestrogen.
Getty – Contributor High levels of oestrogen in a man’s body can also lead to erectile dysfunction
High levels of oestrogen in men can also lead to a reduced sex drive and impotence.
That’s because the hormone starts to outweigh testosterone, the male sex hormone.
Testosterone is responsible for a man’s libido, muscle mass, sperm production and keeps the tissue in the penis in working order.
Men with low testosterone levels often experience erectile dysfunction, which can also lead to a range of other illnesses including depression and anxiety.
A healthy balance of oestrogen and testosterone levels in the body is required for a man to get and maintain an erection.
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