BREAST CANCER MONTH

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

What Is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a kind of cancer that develops from breast cells. Breast cancer usually starts off in the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply them with milk. A malignant tumor can spread to other parts of the body. A breast cancer that started off in the lobules is known as lobular carcinoma, while one that developed from the ducts is called ductal carcinoma.

What Are The Symptoms?
· A lump in a breast
· A pain in the armpits or breast that does not seem to be related to the woman's menstrual period
· Pitting or redness of the skin of the breast; like the skin of an orange
· A rash around (or on) one of the nipples
· A swelling (lump) in one of the armpits
· An area of thickened tissue in a breast
· One of the nipples has a discharge; sometimes it may contain blood
· The nipple changes in appearance; it may become sunken or inverted
· The size or the shape of the breast changes
· The nipple-skin or breast-skin may have started to peel, scale or flake.
What Causes Breast Cancer?
Experts are not sure what causes breast cancer. It is hard to say why one person develops the disease while another does not. We know that some risk factors can impact on a woman's likelihood of developing breast cancer.
· Getting older.
· Genetics. A history of breast cancer.
· Having had certain types of breast lumps
· Dense breast tissue
· Obesity
· Height
· Alcohol consumption
· Radiation exposure.
· HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
· Certain jobs.
· Cosmetic implants may undermine breast cancer survival.
Can Men Get Breast Cancer?
YES, though breast cancer in men is a rare occurence, and less than 1 percent of all breast cancers occur in men.

What Are The Treatment Options?
The main breast cancer treatment options may include:
l Radiation therapy (radiotherapy)
l Surgery
l Biological therapy (targeted drug therapy)
l Hormone therapy
l Chemotherapy
Prevention
Some lifestyle changes can help significantly reduce the risks of developing breast cancer.
l Drink in moderation
l Physical exercise and a health, well balanced diet
l Post-menopausal hormone therapy
l Keep to a weight appropriate for our height and weight
l Breast cancer screening
If you or your loved ones have breast cancer, let us understand our condition, manage our lives through treatment and recovery, and seek emotional support.

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