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Breast Cancer What Women Should Know

From relative obscurity, breast cancer has become one of the leading causes of deaths among women in the world. In 2001, about 200,000 cases of breast cancer have been reported in the United States, making it the second leading cause of cancer death in the US. It is, in fact, the most common malignancy problem that is affecting women in North America and Europe today.

But what is breast cancer and how do people get it?

Breast cancer occurs when malignant tumors in the breast grow and start to affect other tissues in the body. There is still no clear indications how tumors are created but what is often observed is that cancerous cells usually comes from ducts or glands.



Although women’s health organizations advise women to massage the breast daily and to feel for any lumps, it may a long time before a cancerous cell get big enough for us to feel it. By that time, it may already be too late. Doctors make use of mammograms for their diagnosis.

Breast at risk

All women are actually at risk, with the risk increasing with the presence of some risk factors that are already part of the natural cycle, for example, aging. Family history of breast cancer can also significantly affect the prognosis as heredity has been found to play a role. Women who got their periods before they were 12 years old and those who never had or had children after 30 years old are also more likely to develop breast cancer.

There are also risk factors that medical science can help alter such as hormonal problems through replacement therapies. Women are also advised to decrease their consumption of alcoholic drinks, exercise every day and decrease the use of birth control pills. Breastfeeding has been found to decrease the risk of breast cancer development.

Although there are some factors that women can avoid to prevent breast cancer from developing, cause and effect relationships between these factors and breast cancer is still debatable. For women who are already at high risk, doctors often recommend a drug called Tamoxifen, which is known to decrease the risk by as much 50 percent when taken in five years. Still, like all medications, Tamoxifen has side effects such as hot flushes, vaginal discharges and sometimes even blood clots. Taking the drug can also lead to pulmonary emobolus, stroke and uterine cancer, although these are all isolated cases.

Another avenue that women can go to is Vitamin A, which some studies show to be effective in decreasing the risk. Still, research is still in the initial stages and nothing has been proven yet. Other things that are being linked to the breast cancer fight are phytoestrogens, which can be found in soya, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C.

But until something concrete is found in research, the only thing that women can do to ensure that they are safe from breast cancer is early detection. This can be done through daily self-examinations as well as annual check ups and mammogram tests. It is also important that women know the beginnings of breast cancer. Here are some of the signs that they should watch out for.

Lumps in the breast and in the underarms

Scaling of the skin of the breast and of the nipple

Redness in the skin of the breast and of the nipple

Changes in the size of their breasts

Discharges from the nipple

If these signs are observed, it is best to consult a specialist so that you can know whether you have breast cancer or not.

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replied October 19th, 2015
Some Breast cancer symptoms women must know
1 Changes in the shape of the nipple
2 Breast pain doesn't go away after your next period
3 A new lump that doesn’t go away after your next period
4 Nipple discharge from one breast that is clear, red, brown, or yellow
5 Unexplained redness, swelling, skin irritation, itchiness, or rash on the breast
6 Swelling or a lump around the collarbone or under the arm
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replied February 1st, 2016
Breast Cancer Myths
Some biggest breast cancer myths that everyone must know:
1. Breast cancer only affects women
2. Having a family history of breast cancer increases your risk
3. Most breast lumps are cancerous
4. Exposing a tumor to air during surgery spreads cancer
5. Underwire bras increase the risk of breast cancer
6. Breast implants increase the risk of cancer
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replied April 5th, 2016
symptomes of breast cancer...

Swelling of area of the chest or all
Skin irritation
Chest pain
The turning or breast pain inward
Redness or thickening of the chest or breast skin
A discharge apart from breastmilk
A group within the area
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replied January 20th, 2017
Increasing Number of Breast Cancer Cases and Surgeries

The overall market for breast lesion localization methods is expected to witness rapid growth owing to the increasing number of breast cancer surgeries and implementation of favorable reimbursement guidelines. Furthermore, the rising demand for better quality care, and growing awareness amongst patients about breast cancer screening are the other major factors driving the breast lesion localization methods market. On the other hand, market growth will be restrained by the uncertainty in regulatory approval procedures as a result of the risks associated with breast lesion localization devices. However, force field analysis of the market depicts that the driving forces outweigh the restraining forces.
Based on the type of localization devices, the market is segmented into wire localization, radioisotope localization (radioactive seed localization, radio occult lesion localization), magnetic tracers, and others. Among these segments, wire localization is the major focus of players as it is an established technique in the market.
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replied June 15th, 2017
Breast Cancer causes & prevention
Brest cancer is one of the most Common diseases found in women all around the world.
It is the fact that 1 in 22 urban women, and 1 in 60 rural women are victim of this life threatening condition and count of victims is increasing day by day.
Fortunately, breast cancer detection is slightly easier than detecting other cancers in their early stages and the organ it affects is a superficial one hence, it is quite easy to treat this type of cancer than other. It is better to detect the symptom at its early stage so that it can treat at proper stage for best results because ultimately “ Best protection is early detection..! “
Some of the useful Symptoms & prevention for breast cancer are given below so that it make detection easy and fast

Symptoms of Breast Cancer:
a.A hard lump or mass in the breast or armpits, which feels fixed and does not move inside
b.Any unilateral abnormal discharge from nipple
c.Puckering or dimpling of breast skin at one particular area (orange peel like appearance)
d.Inversion of nipple

Prevention's for breast cancer:

e.Self Breast Exam
f.Regular health checkup
g.Clinical Breast Checkup by a Doctor
h.Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution
i.healthy diet
j.Sonomammogram
k.Mammogram
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replied October 3rd, 2017
Just thinkthe survival chances are 100% for cases of breast cancer that are detected early, so being aware and alert can potentially save your life.
Some These Breast Cancer Awareness Musts are as follows,
1. Frequent Self-Exams of Breasts
2. Healthy Lifestyle Habits
3. Clinical Breast Exams
4. Mammograms
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replied October 31st, 2017
Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed. Breast cancer ranks second as a cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer).
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replied December 15th, 2017
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Some of the symptoms of breast cancer include:

A lump in the breast - In some cases, Lump may not be visible but can be felt.

A sudden change in the size or shape of the breast

A nipple that’s turned in (inverted)

A rash (like eczema) on the nipple

Discharge from the nipple

Swelling or a lump in the armpit

Pain or discomfort in the breast
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replied February 1st, 2019
Breast Cancer, the most common type in women has been on the rise and most of them suffering from it aren’t even aware of the problem. The higher population getting affected by it only knows when it has advanced to later stages, i.e. Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Every year, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day takes place on October 13 and thousands of organizations around the world throw light on the importance of working on reducing the threat of breast cancer.

Metastatic breast cancer, which is also known as stage IV, advanced or secondary breast cancer, is a type that has spread beyond the breasts and has reached other organs in the body. Other than the breast, the later stages can reach the bones, lungs, liver, and even the brain. The disease is considered incurable at the present phase of time, but the advances achieved in treatments and research have meant a lot and the convincing results have shown that some people are able to live with metastatic breast cancer for many years.
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