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Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer can be a deadly disease. But it can be 100% treatable if diagnose on time. And for timely diagnosis, right information and awareness is very important. Here Dr Atif Riaz elucidates symptoms of Breast Cancer.
By: Dr. Atif Riaz

Dr. Atif Riaz Dr. Riaz holds an MD in Internal Medicine. He has worked in several fields including health and medical journalism, medical tourism, Telehealth/E-medicine, Hospital management and Patient Care. He has also spent several years doing research on Various Cancers and other clinical specialties.

There are many good reasons to take charge of your health. As we grow older, the risk of developing a chronic disease like cancer increases.

Scientists are exploring new screenings and examinations to find cancer before it has a chance to grow and spread. Already some common types of cancer can be found early through screening tests. Different cancers require different tests, and there are many types of cancer for which there are not effective screening tests. Some people may be at higher risk for a particular type of cancer and may need to be screened more often. It is important to talk to your doctor about what screening programs are appropriate for you and make sure that you take advantage of them.

Breast Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer. Its starts in the breast tissue, in the area between the armpit and the breastbone.

What you can do:

• Women between the age of 50 and 69 should have a mammogram every two years. If you are under 50, over 70, or have a higher risk of breast cancer, your doctor may suggest a different schedule for mammograms.

• All women should have a clinical breast examination by a doctor or trained health professional at least every two years.

• All women, but particularly those over the age of 40, should get to know their own breasts.

• Breast self –examination alone is not as reliable as clinical breast examination or mammography in finding breast cancer, but it helps you learn what is normal for your breasts and to notice any changes.

What to watch for:

• Any place in your breast that feels lumpy like a pea, or is thicker or harder than the rest.

• Dimpling or swelling of the skin on your breast or around your nipples.

• Organ peel skin – patches of skin, which may or may not be discolored, with the pores standing out.

• Bleeding or discharge from your nipples, or crusting on your nipples.

• Tenderness, redness or pain in your breasts.

Timely diagnosis can cure a woman of cancer and save her life. Increased awareness can help in early detection of the disease, which makes treatment more plausible.