Do you have a lump in your breast? Is there an area on your breast that is completely different from other areas of the breast? You might be having breast cancer! How to detect breast cancer in early stages? You should know its symptoms. What are they? Read on…
Breasts are essential part of a woman’s beauty! The bad part is due to various reasons you might get breast cancer. Breast cancer can be treated if it is detected in the early stages. How? You should know the symptoms of breast cancer!
You know what?
Breast cancer is the second leading cause for cancer deaths in women.
So all the women out there! Especially in the age group of 40-70. Go for a mammogram test today! Getting a mammogram reduces the number of deaths from breast cancer by 30% to 40% among the women ages 40 to 70.
If you have a family history of breast cancer, your risk of getting breast cancer gets doubled. So you should be conscious! However, over 85% of women who have been diagnosed of breast cancer had no family history.
Breast cancer does not only occur in women. Men can also develop breast cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that every 1 in 1000 men are at the risk of developing breast cancer.
Now here’s a shocker!
As you grow older, your risk for breast cancer increases. For women of 70 years of age the risk is 1 in 27. To put in simple terms, breast cancer is a cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts.
The exact cause of breast cancer is not known. 5 to 10% of breast cancers arise due to family history. However hormonal, lifestyle and environmental factors can increase your risk for breast cancer. In particular, you might have breast cancer because of reasons like lack of childbearing or lack of breastfeeding, higher levels of certain hormones, certain dietary patterns, obesity etc.
More than 80% of breast cancers are discovered when a woman feels a lump in her breast. Cancer cells in breast can also spread to other regions like bone, liver, lung and brain. If this happens, you might have unexplained weight loss, fevers or chills. You might also have bone or joint pains.
You can treat breast cancer in the initial stages itself if you know the symptoms of breast cancer. The symptoms of breast cancer are as follows:
- A lump or thickening in or near the breast region
- A lump or thickening in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle can indicate breast cancer
- Changes in the appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple i.e. dimpled, scaly, puckered or inflamed skin over your breast might indicate breast cancer
- A clear or bloody discharge from the nipple
- Inverted nipple
- Redness or pitting of the skin over the breast, like the skin of orange
- A marble like hardened area under the skin
- An area of the breast that is entirely different from other areas of the breast
If you notice any of the above symptoms, rush to an oncologist now. You can consult a oncologist online at eVaidya. You can just sign up and subscribe for a consultation plan. eVaidya has an user satisfaction rate of 98.3%.
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