I am not writing anything new in this post but I had to write this post on whatever knowledge or whatever information I was able to gather from the net and from my personal experience.Recently one of close relative was diagnosed with Tumor which could have led to Breast Cancer.
Now is all fine and undergoing treatment and her tumor has been removed and she is back to normal,though doctors are waiting for her reports to give a final result on the status and further treatment she needs.
According to statistic Breast Cancer is most common type of cancer between Women not only in India but also in other parts of the World.There are an estimated 1,00,000-1,25,000 new breast cancer cases in India every year.And it is one of the fastest spreading disease among women which is expected to double by 2025.Only those who have suffered on gone through this disease know the effect and the mental torture it gives not only to the Patient but also to the family members.Prevention is better that Cure and it is very true,the more we are aware of certain thing the more we are safe.
Breast Cancer as defined by Wikipedia says that Breast cancer is a type of cancer originating from breast tissue, most commonly from the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply the ducts with milk.Cancers originating from ducts are known as ductal carcinomas, while those originating from lobules are known as lobular carcinomas. Breast cancer occurs in humans and other mammals.While the overwhelming majority of human cases occur in women, male breast cancer can also occur.
Moreover the characteristic of Cancer,I mean the stage of Cancer decide the treatment one need to undergo which may include surgery, medications (hormonal therapy and chemotherapy), radiation and/or immunotherapy.
Breast Cancer Symptoms:-
The most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass in the breast.In addition,the following are possible signs of breast cancer:
It is best to detect breast cancer before any of these signs occur by following screening mammography guidelines.You should discuss these or any other findings that concern you with your health care professional.
Breast cancer diagnosis:-
Although breast cancer can be diagnosed by the above signs and symptoms,the use of screening mammography has made it possible to detect many of the cancers early before they cause any symptoms.
The American Cancer Society has the following recommendations for breast cancer screenings:
Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so as long as they are in good health.
- “Mammograms are a very good screening tool for breast cancer. As in any test, mammograms have limitations and will miss some cancers. The results of your mammogram, breast exam, and family history should be discussed with your health care professional.”
Women should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of regular health exams by a health care professional about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 years of age and over.
- “CBE are an important tool to detect changes in your breasts and also trigger a discussion with your health care professional about early cancer detection and risk factors.”
Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.Women should report any breast changes to their health care professional.
If a woman wishes to do BSE, the technique should be reviewed with her health care professional.The goal is to feel comfortable with the way the woman’s breasts feel and look and, therefore, detect changes.
Women at high risk (greater than 20% lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram every year.Women at moderate risk (15% to 20%) should talk to their doctor about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram.
- Brazil nuts
- Dark-green leafy vegetables
- Broccoli and broccoli sprouts
- Green tea
Here is the list of 10 things for preventing Breast Cancer:-
- Avoid becoming overweight.
- Eat healthy to avoid tipping the scale.
- Keep physically active.
- Drink little or no alcohol.
- Avoid hormone replacement therapy.
- Consider taking an estrogen-blocking drug.
- Consider taking the aromatase inhibitor exemestane.
- Don’t smoke.
- Breast-feed your babies for as long as possible.
I have provided the most important aspect of Breast Cancer and my post is to be considered as a general reference to Breast Cancer as this post is completely based on my research from the net and interaction with the Doctor who is undertaking the treatment of my Relative.