According to the experts from the American Cancer Society, by the end of 2016 there will be approximately 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer among the American women. In addition to that, they estimate that about 40,450 of those women will probably die from breast cancer.
Another important fact that you should know is that breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among the female population. On average, 1 in 8 women in the U.S. is most likely to develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
Still, the awareness of breast cancer goes far beyond knowing the statistics. In other words, women need to be active in preventing the occurrence of cancer and being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. It is important to know how to read these signs because of that way you will be able to detect the cancer in its early phase. Therefore, the treatment will be much easier and successful.
Below we are going to write about five signs of breast cancer that are often ignored by women. Remember that detecting this signs on time can is crucial as these signs can save your life.
Medical experts say that the most common symptom in breast cancer patients and survivors is the fatigue. It is important to mention that fatigue is also present before the diagnosis. This fatigue that occurs due to the cancer cannot be alleviated by sleep or rest. This fatigue is especially severe and often associated with high levels of distress, unrelated to amount of exertion. In addition you should know that this fatigue is often accompanied by some other symptoms, such as pain, sleep disturbance and depression. According to many experts, this fatigue is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the body which the cancer creates.
A new mole / change in an existing mole
Although the moles usually are linked with a higher risk of skin cancer, in some cases the can be associated with breast cancer as well. Namely, one study followed 89,902 women at the age between 40 – 65 years, and noted their medical records over a period of 18 years. At the beginning of the study the number of moles each woman had was documented. It is shocking that during this study, 5,956 of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer.
The researchers who conducted this study explain that women who had the most moles out of the group had a 13% higher risk of breast cancer than women who had no moles. What we are trying to say is that, if you notice a new mole or any type of change in an existing mole, go and see your doctor immediately.
Changes in the bladder or the bowels
Breast cancer often causes hormonal changes that dry out the urethra. That actually will make it difficult for you to control the bladder, which is widely known as incontinence. You will notice leaking urine during activities like coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising, experiencing sudden and urgent needs to urinate, and urination that takes longer than usual are the most common signs of this type of cancer. So, in case you notice any of these symptoms in you, make an appointment with your doctor right away.
A cough or hoarse throat that won’t subside
In order to explain this symptom, it is important to say that cancer that starts in one area is known as the primary cancer. Now if some of the cancer cells break away from the primary cancer and they move on to another part of the body, then they can form another tumor, and this tumor is called secondary cancer. At this point it is important to add that breast cancer can spread to the lungs. This cancer can be easily detected by a prolonged cough or hoarseness.
Also you should know that the cancer spreads to the lungs in 60-70% of women who become terminally ill from breast cancer. Dry cough and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of this type of cancer.
Unexplained back pain
Back pain is very common medical problem. In fact, even 8 out of 10 people experience some type of pain at some point in their lives. In some cases, back pain can be a sign that breast cancer tumors are forming and in such cases, you may feel like pressure on the ribs and the spine, or pain in the upper back that feels like it’s coming from the bones. In case you feel pain as is explained above, you should visit your doctor immediately, because this could also be a sign that the cancer has spread to the spine.
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Source : healthadvisor-team.com