Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women in India and accounts for 27% of all cancers in women. Lack of awareness is a significant cause for this huge number. However, early detection is a big plus in treating Breast Cancer. Know of some important facts about Breast Cancer here:
Breast Cancer isn’t limited to your breast: It’s actually not true that Breast Cancer is only limited to your breast. A woman’s breast tissue extends up to the armpits and the collarbone. It’s important not to miss these areas during your regular breast self- examination.
A lump in the breast means you have Breast Cancer: Feeling a lump in your breast doesn’t mean that you have Breast Cancer since a lump is not the only sign of breast cancer. However, a lump should also be considered and get clinically tested. Besides lumps, be aware of other symptoms and signs of Breast Cancer like non-stop itching, breast swelling, nipple inversion, redness or nipple discharge.
Mammograms are necessary after you cross 40: American Cancer Society recommends that women with an average risk of Breast Cancer should begin their annual mammogram screening at the age 40. Women with no gene mutation, no personal history, and no family history of Breast Cancer fall under the average risk category. Women with an elevated risk should get an MRI and mammogram done annually.
Breast Cancer is a combination of many diseases: It’s an old tale that Breast Cancer is a name of one disease. With the help of technology, different types of Breast Cancer have been identified. Breast Cancer is a spectrum of diseases of different biological types. The treatment approach of each type is, however, different.
Early detection is the best protection, which is only possible if women are completely aware about this disease. Let’s put our foot forward in making ourselves more aware about Breast Cancer.