Among all cancers, the most diagnosed cancer in women is breast cancer.
Breast cancer researches have announced that one in 10 women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime and one in 28 women will die from it.
However, compared to other more deadly cancers, such as mesothelioma lung cancer, the breast cancer survival rate remains better.
Most often, breast cancer appears after the age of 40.
In addition, the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer after diagnosis ranges from 80% to 95%, depending on the age and type of cancer.
In the United States, the frequency of breast cancer now is increasing. On the other hand, the mortality rate has steadily decreased thanks to the advances in :
- Screening tools.
- Breast cancer events.
- Breast treatment options.
- Clinical diagnostic tools.
- Health information.
- Health education.
- Cancer treatment centers.
It is possible that breast cancer remains asymptomatic in its early stages.
Symptoms occur when the breast tumor is large enough to be palpated, or when cancer has spread to nearby tissues and organs “metastatic breast cancer“.
However, avoid panic if you have an isolated symptom because other medical conditions can cause the same symptoms as breast cancer.
Here is the list of 10 early warning signs of breast cancer every woman has to know.
Make sure you stay until the end and understand all these important symptoms as this can be the reason to save many lives!
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10.Crusts or Peeling Skin on the Nipple
The appearance of crusts or ulcers, as well as the presence of skin that peels off the nipple, may be revealing symptoms of some rare types of breast cancer.
After all, these are early symptoms of breast cancer, However, Avoid panicking or jumping to the worst conclusions if you feel like you have any of these symptoms in isolation.
These self-examination tips are only intended to serve as early warning signs and will require clinical confirmation by a physician.
9.Breast Skin Modification
Upholstery (orange peel), thickening or crease of the breast skin may be a symptom of breast cancer.
This thickening is caused by an obstruction of the breast lymphatic ducts.
Therefore, the resulting swelling of the skin accentuates its pores, giving it the appearance of an orange peel.
Although Orange peel is observed when cancer obstructs the lymphatic channels, However, It is also observed following breast radiotherapy treatments although there is no more cancer in the breast.
Otherwise, You can also see orange peel when it has a breast infection such as lymphangitis, mastitis or abscess.
8.Armpit Mass (Axilla Hollow)
A modular mass in the armpit may be a revealing element of breast cancer, because of the close vascular relation between the breast and axilla.
However, do not panic if you find swelling as it could easily be a sign of a simple infection.
In either case, the best course of action is to see a doctor who will evaluate your symptoms and may ask you to have a simple biopsy test to make an accurate diagnosis of cancer.
7.Change in Breast Size or Shape
You have to know that breast cancer can manifest as a deformity of the breast anatomy and its structure, such as:
- Unusual increase or decrease in size, especially on one side only.
- Deformities of the form, such as flattening or induration.
- A loss of symmetry of the breasts.
- The appearance of dimples.
6. Breast Pain
Breast cancer is accompanied by pain only in 5% of cases.
However, breast pain is common in women.
Non-cancerous pain may be associated with premenstrual syndrome and may vary from month to month.
Pregnancy, taking menopausal hormones and anovulants can cause breast pain, as well as too tight bras.
Otherwise, the pain can be felt in the breast but caused by other problems of muscles, joints, and nerves.
Medical examination of the breasts, rib cage, and even the neck may help to clarify the origin of this pain.
In addition, a breast infection can also cause acute pain, this pain may be accompanied by redness, heat and sometimes fever.
5. Nipple Deformity
Breast cancer can be revealed by nipple deformity, such as a nipple that suddenly begins to point inwards “inverted nipple“.
It can also be called nipple retraction or invaginated nipple, it is the name given when nipple turns inwards or reverses.
In the case of breast cancer, nipple retraction occurs when the tumor attacks the canal behind the nipple by pulling it.
4.Upper Back Pain
In some cases, back pain (upper back) can be a telltale sign of breast cancer before it is detected.
In addition, back pain is a symptom of metastatic breast cancer and may appear in the late stages of the disease “advanced breast cancer“.
However, back pain is also common in the population and there are many other causes, such as muscle contractions.
3.Itching and Inflammation of the Breasts
Inflammatory cancers can be revealed by itching in the nipple or in the breast.
In addition, the presence of redness, warmth or swelling may also be a sign of this breast cancer.
2.Indurated Mass in The Breast
Feeling a firm or hard mass that is very different from the rest of the breast tissue is the most common symptom of breast cancer.
This mass may seem attached to the skin or nearby breast tissue.
In addition, its size does not vary according to the menstrual cycle. It can be sensitive but is usually not painful.
In addition, you should know that pain is more often the symptom of a non-cancerous condition.
Mostly, nipple discharges are benign.
Bilateral, positive guaiac and multiples discharges are usually benign and endocrine.
However, a unilateral and spontaneous discharge requires diagnostic tests, this type of flow may be due to cancer, especially if it is bloody (or guaiac-positive).
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