Cancer is a disease characterized by the abnormal growth of cells. Often the first physical sign of cancer is the appearance of unusual lumps in your body, which is very common in breast cancer.
Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among women. It affects women over 50 years old the most, and there are over 2.1 million women who get diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
Unfortunately, this disease is responsible for most cancer-related death.
That is why early detection is paramount to enhance the chances of survival.
Due to the fact that women living in developing countries lack proper medical care, breast cancer is more common among them. Moreover, this form of cancer is not commonly known as other forms. Hence, why campaigns and educating society about forms of cancer, specifically breast cancer, are crucial to increasing awareness among people.
Furthermore, recognizing signs and symptoms and learning to act upon them are also important. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner your treatment begins, making you chances of overcoming cancer much higher.
The Many Forms of Breast Cancer
The breast is composed of 3 parts: lobules (where milk is produced), ducts (milk transportation), and the connective tissue that holds everything together. Hence, the type of cancer is different depending on where it begins. For example:
Causes and Risk Factors
The medical community continuously researches to have a deeper understanding of breast cancer, which in comparison to other forms of cancer, we have little knowledge about.
However, recent studies suggest the following as the most common risk factors:
But hey! Not being part of a risk group doesn’t mean that you are not at risk. Additionally, if you fall within one, or more of such groups, you must pay more attention to your health and lifestyle.
Breast Cancer Symptoms
Most early signs of breast cancer are almost unnoticeable. But scrutiny increases the possibility of discovering them. Be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed?
The best, and fastest, way to diagnose breast cancer is to keep having regular checkups, especially if you notice that something is wrong or different with your breast.
Your doctor may recommend the following tests to rule out or diagnose breast cancer:
Treatment and Prevention
The treatment for breast cancer depends on where it is located, and which stage it has reached. However, these are the most common tools used for treatment:
As we grow older, we become more prone to suffering various diseases. This is why we must maintain a healthy lifestyle, such as, controlling weight, avoiding saturated foods and at least attending screenings three times a year.
It is common for women with breast cancer to suffer from emotional distress during and after treatment. Cancer, is a battle physically, mentally and emotionally fought. Thus, we recommend joining support groups that aid people suffering from this disease and in need of positivity to continue their battle.
This October, give your breast a voice!