Among all other types of cancer, invasive breast cancer is the most common type that affects women at all ages. Only in the Unated States every 8th women has cancer, and according to American Cancer Society, around 246,660 new cases of invasive brest cancer will be diagnosed in America by the end of this year. The worst thing is that 40,450 cases will end up fatal.
It is extremely important for us to know how to recognize symptoms of any cancer, but in this case of breast cancer, since we all know that an early detection can safe our life.
Don’t Forget Screening
The best way to protect yourself from this malicious disease is to make a breast cancer screening, despite some controversy. Eventhough it doesn’t help prevent cancer, it can help you find cancer in an early stage when it’s most treatable.
All women over the age of 20 should get screened regularly for breast cancer. The right screening tests mainly depend on a woman’s age:
If you are between ages of 20 and 39:
Get a clinical breast exam about every 3 years.
If you are age 40 or older:
You should get a mammogram and clonical breast exam every year.
Begin with testing your breast at an earlier age and do not trust soo much on self exams. Yes, it’s ok to do breast self-exams, but they are not as reliable as mammograms and clinical breast exams. If you notice any changes in your breasts, you should consult immediately with your doctor.
Other Important Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
Sadly, there are some risks on which we have no control at all, so we should know them in order to do whatever we need to prevent them. Talk to a doctor if you feel you are at higher risk of developing a breast cancer. These can increase a woman’s breast cancer risk:
First menstrual period (menarche) before age 12
First childbirth after the age of 35
Family history of cancer
Older age, especially 60 years or over
Menopause at age 55 or over
History of benign breast disease (like atypical hyperplasia)
Tall heigh (5’8’’ or taller)
THESE FIVE WARNING SIGNS OF BREAST CANCER ARE OFTEN IGNORED, EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY BE CRITICAL FOR SAVING YOUR LIFE.
COUGH OR HOARSE THROAT THAT WON’T SUBSIDE
If you notice you are constantly coughing or you have a hoarse throat, it may be a symptom of breast cancer so you should consult your doctor. According to statistics, breast cancer metastasizes to the lungs in 60-70% of terminally ill patients. So if you experience shortness of breath and dry cough, it could be a symptom of breast cancer.
UNEXPLAINED BACK PAIN
If you are experienceing persistent back pain, consult with your doctor because it can be a sign of a breast cancer, eventhough back pain is a common pain that affects 8 out of 10 people. Women who suffer from breast cancer usually feel the pain like a pressure on the ribs and spine, or pain in the upper back as if coming from the bones. This is also an indication that breast cancer has spread do the bones.
CHANGES IN THE BLADDER OR BOWELS
If you experience symptoms like urine leaking during sneezing, exercising, laughing or coughing, as well as a sudden and urgent need to urinate, and urination takes longer that normal, they all can indicate to breast cancer because it triggers hormonal changes that cause the urethra to dry, which results in incontinence. Consult with your doctor immediately.
A NEW MOLE / CHANGE IN AN EXISTING MOLE
Eventhough moles are associated with increased risk of skin cancer, they can indicate breast cancer as well. A study conducted on 89,902 women, aged 40-65 years old confirmed this fact. These women’s medical records were closely followed over a period of 18 years. . At the beginning of the study, the researches documented the number of moles each woman had. During the study, 5,956 of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer. The study concluded that women who have more moles have a 13% higher risk of breast cancer than women who had no moles.
Eventhough many types of cancer have this symptom, this type of fatigue is different because it can’t be alleviated by sleep or rest and it is not caused by physical strain. Moreover, it is always accompanied by other symptoms such as depression, pain and sleep disturbance.According to scientists, this fatigue is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the body the cancer creates.
THE VIDEO BELOW WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF BREAST CANCER: