Many people hear of Breast Cancer but often times have no idea how it happens, what are the signs, the symptoms and ways to treat it. This is now a close topic to me since my Friend’s Mom was recently diagnosed.
What is Breast Cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.
The first noticeable symptom of breast cancer is typically a lump that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue. More than 80% of breast cancer cases are discovered when the woman feels a lump.The earliest breast cancers are detected by a mammogram. Lumps found in lymph nodes located in the armpits can also indicate breast cancer.
Indications of breast cancer other than a lump may include thickening different from the other breast tissue, one breast becoming larger or lower, a nipple changing position or shape or becoming inverted, skin puckering or dimpling, a rash on or around a nipple, discharge from nipple/s, constant pain in part of the breast or armpit, and swelling beneath the armpit or around the collarbone.
Occasionally, breast cancer presents as Metastatic disease, that is, cancer that has spread beyond the original organ. Metastatic Breast Cancer will cause symptoms that depend on the location of metastasis. Common sites of metastasis include bone, liver, lung and brain.
Prevention: Women may reduce their risk of breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, drinking less alcohol, being physically active and breastfeeding their children.These modifications might prevent 38% of breast cancers in the US, 42% in the UK, 28% in Brazil and 20% in China.The benefits with moderate exercise such as brisk walking are seen at all age groups including postmenopausal women
Screening is VERY IMPORTANT for us ladies. A clinical or self breast exam involves feeling the breast for lumps or other abnormalities. Clinical breast exams are performed by health care providers, while self breast exams are performed by the person themselves.
For information visit http://www.breastcancer.org or http://www.cancer.org/fightbreastcancer
Say a prayer today for not only my friend, but for anyone you might/might not know who is suffering from this