Breast cancer is often not talked about as much as it should be globally considering that breast cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in women.
It is estimated that 42,260 people ( 41,760 women and 500 men) die each year from breast cancer.
On an average of one in eight women over a period of 80 years have a chance of developing breast cancer. Creating the necessary awareness for both women and men on the symptoms, causes, and stages of breast cancer should be a priority in other to save lives.
If the necessary information on breast cancer is available to every woman, then early detection can help prevent the spread of cancerous cells to other parts of the body.
Breast cancer in simple terms means the cells in the breast region are growing out of control. After in which it starts to spread to other parts of the body through the blood vessels and lymph vessels.
Breast cancer can develop in different parts of the breast. The breast made up three main parts: lobules, ducts and connective tissues. Often most breast cancers start to develop in the ducts or lobules.
We will be discussing the most common type of breast cancer :
Different people have different symptoms of breast cancer and some people don't even show any symptoms at all. Here is the list of common symptoms of breast cancer.
NOTE: These symptoms can appear in other conditions that are not breast cancer.
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please consider visiting the doctor as soon as possible.
Self-examination can help with early detection of breast cancer. Regularly checking your own breast can help detect breast cancer giving chance to a more successful treatment.
It's important to note that no single test guarantees the detection of breast cancer. Regular self-examination and screening are often the best practices to detect breast cancer early.
Here are the steps for self physical examination
Many conditions can result in a lump in the breast. Don't panic if you find a lump in your breast. Often some women have some lumps in their breast region all the time.
There are a number of causes of breast lumps including hormonal changes. It's best advised to visit a doctor to get scanned and tested to be sure.
All women are at risk of having breast cancer men included but in rare cases. The risk factor varies according to age, history, genetics, not having kids, early menstruation, having kids after 30, and high-fat diets. Most women who develop breast cancer have no risk factors.
Genetics is one of the risk factors associated with breast cancer. Women with genetic gene mutations have higher chances of having breast cancer.
There hasn't been any evidence linking breastfeeding to breast cancer. Recent studies by scientists show that breastfeeding reduces the chances of having breast cancer.
There isn't any evidence suggesting that breast size is connected with breast cancer, although it reduces the chances of detecting breast cancer due to the dense breast tissue.
There are many factors that play a role in breast cancer that can't be controlled such as early menstruation, genetics, and family history.
Other factors such as weight, childbearing, and diets can be controlled to help reduce the chances of having breast cancer.
Women who maintain their diets with fruits and vegetables. Maintaining low polyunsaturated fats (such as corn oil, margarine) and unsaturated fats found in meats lowers the risk of breast cancers.
Due to the high rate of breast cancer in women, it would be a priority for every woman to have a self-examination at least once a day to lower the risk of developing breast cancer unknowingly.
If you discover any of the symptoms mentioned above, please visit a hospital as soon as possible to get examined.
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