Knowing About Breast Cancer

Knowing About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common diseases that affect women of all ages, all over the world. Unfortunately, reason for this life threatening disease has yet to be found.

A tumor in the breast that is malignant is breast cancer. Breast cancer is common among women but in rare cases, is found even among men. One woman out of 8 is likely to be detected with breast cancer. It is more common to find this cancer in women over the age of 60.

Knowing About Breast Cancer

Cells in all parts of the body including the breast, grows and rests in cycles. The growth and rest are controlled by the genes. When there is an abnormality in the genes, they loose control of the cell growth. The cancer will form in tissues of the breast that are located within the tubes that carry milk from the breast.

Whatever the stage, it is important to know at what stage the patient is in, at detection as well as throughout the treatment program, so that it is easy to understand the prognosis or what to expect, as well as to provide proper treatment.

There are two forms of cancer, one is benign which is rarely life-threatening and the other is malignant, which is a very serious condition. Cells from malignant tumors can spread if not arrested early and eventually can become fatal.

If your mother, sister, daughter or grandmother has breast cancer, you are more at risk of acquiring breast cancer than others. Yes, breast cancer tends to be hereditary.

A lot of research is being carried out on the subject, but scientists have not been able to find out the exact cause of breast cancer. Cancer is not contagious and will not spread by touching!

Common symptoms of Breast Cancer Include:

  • The breast nipple may look and feel different.
  • A lump may form either near the breast or in the underarm area.
  • Nipples may seem tender
  • The shape and size of the breast will change
  • A nipple may turn inwards into the breast
  • The skin of the breast or nipple may be scaly, swollen or red. The skin will have ridges or pitting and will look like an orange
  • There may be a discharge from the nipple

It is important to know that breast cancer if detected early is controllable and can be eradicated from the system completely. Women who are 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 to 2 years. Through regular mammograms, self examinations and clinical examinations, one is able to minimize the risks involved in breast cancer. A mammogram is a picture of the breast made with x-rays. Time and again it is important to check for lumps in your breast. It may only be a harmless cyst, but nevertheless it needs to be checked and sent for a biopsy without delay. Periodic clinical examinations are also recommended.
Remember, prevention is better than cure!

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