Warning Signs Of Breast Cancer

 

Warning signs of breast cancer

  1. Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
  2. A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast.
  3. A lump in the breast (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous.)
  4. Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast.
  5. Dimpling anywhere on the breast.
  6. Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  7. Unexplained shrinkage of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  8. Skin of the breast, areola, or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen or may have ridges or pitting resembling the skin of an orange.
  9. Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted.
  10. A nipple discharge other than the breast milk.
  11. Breast pain

Most common in

  • Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in females worldwide.
  • It accounts for 16% of all female cancers and 22.9% of invasive cancers in women. 18.2% of all cancer deaths worldwide, including both males and females, are from breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer rates are much higher in developed nations compared to developing ones.
  • There are several reasons for this, with possibly life-expectancy being one of the key factors – breast cancer is more common in elderly women; women in the richest countries live much longer than those in the poorest nations.
  • The different lifestyles and eating habits of females in rich and poor countries are also contributory factors, experts believe.

Preventive techniques of breast cancer

  1. Avoid becoming overweight – Obesity raises the risk of breast cancer after menopause, the time of life when breast cancer most often occurs.
  2. Eat healthy– A woman suffering from a breastcancer should eat all those food items which are rich in protein and carbohydrates. Avoid high sugar drinks and increase intake of fruits and vegetables.
  3. Drink little or no alcohol– Cosumption of more and more alcohol is associated with high risk of breast cancer. If a woman wants to intake it then she can only have 1 glass of drink per day not more than this.
  4. Don’t smoke – Research has studied that long term smoking has resulted in the increased breast cancer.
  5. Keep yourself physically active – Research suggests that increased physical activity, even when begun later in life, reduces overall breast-cancer risk by about 10 percent to 30 percent. All it takes is moderate exercise like a 30-minute walk five days a week to get this protective effect.
  6. Breast feed your babies as long as possible– Ladies who breast feed their babies for more than one year reduces the risk of breast cancer.
  7. Get regular breast cancer screenings– Follow your doctor and get regular breast cancer screenings.