Women's International Pharmacy E-Newsletter October 2011

Breast Health Awareness

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When we talk about breast health, most women think of breast cancer as their #1 concern. While breast cancer is a very serious health problem in the United States, it is not the only reason to be concerned about the health of your breasts. The majority of breast "problems" experienced by women are not necessarily associated with breast cancer.

The most common reasons that women seek medical attention are because they have found a lump or are experiencing pain in their breasts. Typically, these conditions do not indicate breast cancer, but it is probably best to discuss them with your healthcare practitioner.

Finding a lump in your breast can be very frightening, even when it is labeled benign. It can leave you feeling vulnerable, fearful of finding another lump, and wondering what you can do to avoid becoming a breast cancer statistic. Understanding the anatomy of your breasts, how they function, and what types of disorders can occur is the first step in minimizing that feeling of vulnerability.

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Keeping A Breast
Written by Carol Petersen, RPH, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy


A diagnoses of breast cancer certainly strikes terror in the hearts of women. The latest statistics suggest that 1 out of every 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer. The cancer experts claim that your best defense against breast cancer is early detection so that it can be treated. Unfortunately, this philosophy makes your odds of getting breast cancer seem like a game of roulette, where you have no recourse when your number is up. Bet that's simply not true. Let's review the facts.


One of the most basic methods of early detection - and actually the most accurate (as high as 90%) - is regular breast self-exams. A confounding factor for self-exams (as well as other detection methods) is the presence of various lumps in the breast. Most of the time, these lumps will be deemed harmless and not necessarily precancerous. However, these easily dismissed lumps could signal that something is not quite right.

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Online Health Library


We are proud to make available online, our popular "Connections" newsletters. These informational brochures cover a wide range of hormone related health topics including:

  • NewslettersCompounded Bioidentical Hormones 
  • Male Hormones
  • Progesterone
  • Thyroid Imbalances
  • Vitamin D
  • Hair Loss
  • Menstrual Bleeding
  • No Bones about it
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome   
  • And More!   

We currently have over 20 topics available and are adding more on a regular basis.  Check out the full list here.


If there is a particular topic you would like us to feature, please let us know by emailing us at info@womensinternational.com.  As always we welcome your feedback!

American Phramacists Month!

"Know your MEDICINE, know your PHARMACIST" is the national theme for American Pharmacists Month (APhM). This month-long observance is a time to recognize the significant contributions to healthcare and the commitment to patient care by pharmacists in all practice settings.

We would especially like to thank all our knowledgeable and dedicated Pharmacists here at Women's International Pharmacy. We appreciate all that they do!



Staff at Women's International Pharmacy






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In This Issue
Breast Health Awareness
Keeping A Breast
Online Health Library
American Pharmacists Month

Coming Events:

We will be at the following conferences:

New Hampshire Assoc. of Naturopathic Doctors
November 4-5, 2011
Nashua, NH

Scripps Science & Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine

November 7-11, 2011
Saint Petersburg, FL

Please visit our website for our full conference schedule.




Mortar and Pestle

Hormone Testing May Identify Abnormal Estrogen Metabolism

Provided by

Kathy Lynch, Pharm.D -Women's International



The body breaks down stronger estrogens into weaker estrogens through processes that occur in the liver. These processes are influenced by what we eat. Flaxseed, some soy products, vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, fish oil, supplements like DIM and even exercise can help the liver convert the stronger estrogens to less potent forms. Obesity, overuse of alcohol, exposure to pesticides, and low thyroid function may interfere with this conversion.


Individuals at risk for hormone-related breast and prostate cancers may benefit from urinary testing that measures estrogen metabolites.




Testing Labs

  Meridian Valley
  Rhein Lab
  Genova Diagnostics

"What Your Doctor May Not Tell you About Breast Cancer - How Hormone Balance Can Help Save Your Life" John R Lee, MD, David Zava, PH.D. and Virginia Hopkins, 2002 Warner Books Inc



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