Across the globe shocking statics of breast cancer cases suggest an indicative hike in its prevalence. Though the increase is observed in all age groups, the trend shows a rapid hike in number of younger woman, mainly below 40 years of age suffering more from breast cancer. Daily nutritious diet, knowledge, timely diagnosis and an effective therapeutic treatment are the only ways to reversing the trend of breast cancer incidence.
However, the earlier it is diagnosed, greater the chances of it being cured. We often assume that it’s only others who suffer from cancer or heart diseases, and not us. We consider ourselves the fortunate/lucky ones and condemn the others for being ignorant about the symptoms these disease show. Let’s get clear. Anyone can suffer from breast cancer and if you have a family history, the chances increase by 50%. Below are some of the warning signs of breast cancer you should never ignore:
Any physiological change in the shape, texture, temperature or size of a breast. A reddish or dimpled skin similar to that of an orange signifies advanced stage of breast cancer.
A lump or a thickening in your breast or armpit which persists after your menstrual cycle. Though these lumps are mainly painless, some cause a prickly sensation. A mammogram can diagnose these lumps much before you can see or feel them.
1) Underarm swelling.
2) A sudden flattening or indentation of breast.
3) Blood-stained or any unusual discharge from the nipple.
4) Any change in shape of nipple, like indrawn or dimpled look, itching or burning in nipple.
5) Any distinct or unusual development
You should immediately see a doctor if any of the symptoms persist. Your doctor will examine you and send you for further checks, if required. In most cases, they initially conduct an ultrasound test to see if the lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid lump.
If a cyst is diagnosed, your doctor will drain out the fluid through a fine needle and prescribe few antibiotics to cure it further. If a solid lump is diagnosed, they conduct a PET test to see if the development is cancerous or benign. Usually these lumps are benign and don’t turn into cancer.
Breast cancer is not a complete lifestyle disease. However, you can prevent it by following healthy lifestyle tips such as limiting the amount of alcohol or staying physically active. Poor nutrition, excessive drinking, obesity and low cardio-vascular activities can heighten your chances of catching breast cancer. You must ensure a healthy diet plan if you have a family history of breast cancer.