Many of us are familiar with the name of breast cancer. But do you know the incidence of this disease? It’s one of the most common cancer among women. According to recent studies, 8% of women diagnosed with breast cancer were under the age of 50. That ’s why it’s important for young women to be breast aware.
Things you should know about breast cancer
Before you get panic, let me tell you that majority of lumps and changes in breasts are not cancer. The good news is that nowadays most people survive breast cancer than ever before. For better prognosis, the only thing that matters is earlier detection, right treatments and public awareness. This would improve survival rates after diagnosis. If you notice something that concerns you, get it checked out.
Some of the myths associated with breast cancer is that:
- It happened only to old age women: It’s not a grandma disease anymore. Women at the age of 20s/30s/40s can and do get breast cancer. Though it’s common after menopause it’s not an old age disease anymore.
- Early detection guarantee it’s a cure: It’s not true, early detection makes a better prognosis but doesn’t guarantee it’s a cure.
- Every lump is breast cancer: Not every lump is associated with breast cancer. These lumps may be due to normal breast changes or a benign breast condition. According to studies, 9 out of 10 cases will be benign or non-cancerous.
- It’s just one disease: There are many types and subtypes, such as Hormone receptor-positive, HER2-positive, triple-negative etc.
- Men don’t get breast cancer: Though It is strictly a women’s disease. The risk for men getting breast cancer approximately 1 in 1000.
However, these myths only prevail as most of the population are not breast aware.
Knowing how your breasts look and feel is important
It’s become a need that every woman should be breast aware. And able to differentiate abnormal changes in your breast. The only thing is needed is to examine yourself when you feel most comfortable, be it in the shower, the bath or in bed.”
Common signs and symptoms of breast cancer that you should know are:
- Any change in size or shape of either breast.
- A lump or area that feels thicker in either breast.
- A consistent pain in the armpit or breast
- Changes in skin texture, such as puckering or dimpling( similar to orange skin)
- Redness or rash on the skin around the nipple).
- Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone.
- A discharge from the nipple.
Lifestyle factors Play important role.
A healthy lifestyle can help lower risk of breast cancer. According to research, eating a healthy diet, following a fitness routine, limiting alcohol and tobacco and maintaining a healthy weight all reduced the risks of breast cancer.
Tell your doctor if you notice any breasts changes:
Many symptoms like lump are normal and benign changes. However, it’s important to see your doctor for the second opinion. It is important to find out what’s causing the change.
If you don’t feel comfortable to discuss with a doctor, take a close mother, husband, a close friend on your doctor visit. If you are hesitating to examine by a male doctor, you can ask if there’s a female doctor available. If they recommend further tests that don’t mean that you have breast cancer, these tests are needed to find out what is going on.
Hope this post makes you breast cancer aware and clears many doubts associated with it. Do share with your female friend and motivates them to see a doctor if they come across such condition without hesitation.
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