In an earlier blog, I mentioned that I dry brush and then use magnesium oil as a rub for “the girls”, ta ta’s, boobs or breasts. Whatever blows your skirt up! 😮
The theory behind this is that magnesium can help those straggler calcifications be redirected to areas they belong…which is not in the breasts! Calcifications, while not always a signal for cancer, are definitely something watched.
For those of us forced to learn the lingo, calcifications are grouped as macro and micro. It’s the latter that can be troublesome. These are reported to you on the extended version of your mammogram which I have had to ask for. Bi-rad score is the tool and the range goes from 0 to 6. Before summarizing the Bi-rad score, I feel it is important to note, calcifications are normal and after 50, most of us will have them. It’s the micros that congregate that can be troublesome. Such has been my case for at least, the three mammograms prior to my diagnosis. My scores were always a 2, then a 5 in June of 2017 and a 3 in 2018.
What is Bi-rad? It’s the acronym for Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (trademarked by the American College of Radiology). The idea is to give a “standard” for radiologists to assign an assessment number to the completed report that is understood by all necessary medical staff. The assesment scale is as follows:
- 0: Incomplete ( wouldn’t want this one)
- 1: Negative (perfect score😊)
- 2: Benign (my consistent score)
- 3: Probably Benign (wish I could get paid for “probably”)
- 4: Suspicious (snap….too close to three)
- 5: Highly suggestive of malignancy (My 2017 “Houston we have a problem”moment)
- 6: Known biopsy, proven malignancy (I’m sure this is the norm for the mammograms done just before surgery).
I never knew about these numbers, or the full mammography report until June of 2017. I only knew the “fluffy” letter that tells you blah blah, dense breasts, blah blah, benign, blah blah, see you next year. I strongly suggest that you learn your mammography report and what it means to you. Educate to advocate!
Ok, I told you all of that, to say this; for the first time, to my knowledge, my Bi-rad score was a ONE!!!! PERFECT!!! Could it be that the dry brushing and magnesium are working? I believe that it does!! Not to mention my OBGYN, surgeon, radiology and primary oncologist have all commented at how “normal” my beaten up breast (I call her my “naughty one” ) looks! No discoloration, scar is hardly visible and no dents ( thank you Dr. K)! I’ll take it! I’m pretty sure the window washing crew, security and all the orderlies have seen these “hooters” too, pretty sure I don’t care and wondering why I wear a shirt into the building at all! LOL😅!
Show your body some love! Give the mammory glands some 💘 with some brushing and oiling!!!😯