Before one can explore more about breast cancer, lets first have a look what this disease is. According to www.cancer.gov, a medical website dedicated to the education of cancer, explain it as such: “The body creates new cells all the time and these divide to make more as the body needs them. However, cells do get old and die, and new ones are created to replace them. Cancer forms when this process is interrupted or changed. When old and damage cells do not die, new cells form even if they are not needed. These extra cells can then divide without stopping and then form growths.”
Breast cancer is a collection of cells that form in the breast tissue.
The Internet is flooded with resources and information right at your fingertips. One of the web sites, www.medicinenet.com, hosts numerous links and articles.
According to Medicinenet there are 14 different types of breast cancer. They differ from location to severity.
Some people are more prone to get this cancer, but there is also some things to look out for. Your age, family history, other breast tissue issues, race, weight and exercise are only a few factors to keep in mind.
On www.breastcancernow.org, some of the common signs and symptoms to look for are changes in the size and shape of breasts, change in skin texture, discolouration, nipple change, and discharge and rash or crusting.
If you notice any of these changes or feel any unfamiliar lumps, various tests can be done to detect if it is cancerous.
Firstly you will have to undergo a mammogram which is an X-ray machine that can examine breast tissue from multiple angles. If your doctor feels that it is needed, an ultrasound can be done on the breast. An MRI scan can also be done to not only look at the breasts, but also the rest of the body. If any abnormalities are spotted, a biopsy will be performed to extract a piece of the suspected tissue for further laboratory testing. Once you have received your results, your doctor will discuss them with you and also advise if needed on treatment options.
One thing to remember is that it is not only women who can suffer from breast cancer, there is a small number of men recorded who have also fought this battle.
You know your breast best and if any changes occur, you will be the first to notice it. Take action if you suspect that something is wrong and consult with your doctor for regular check-ups as well as self- assessments. Breast cancer is not a death sentence and early detection is of utmost importance.