Breast Cancer: What you should know?

Breast cancer is a form of cancer cells that develops in the breast. Found in both men and women this breast cancer is highly affecting women. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer that is diagnosed in women. One in eight women is having a risk of developing breast cancer at some point of their lifetime.
Early detection of breast cancer can prevent and help to cure the disease, which is why the doctors suggest every woman to undergo the breast cancer check-up at least once in a year. Though there are no signs and symptoms of early breast cancer, a lump or mass kind of thing in the breast can be seen through a mammography screening.

The signs and symptoms of breast cancer:

  • A feeling of lump, mass or thickening in and around the breast, upper chest or armpits.
  • Changes in shape, size, colour or appearance of a breast
  • Changes of the skin texture over the breast i.e. dimpling or puckering.
  • Redness or pitting of the breast skin
  • Peeling, rash, crusting or flaking of the skin
  • An unusual discharge from the nipple.

Causes of breast cancer:

In general, breast cancer is caused due to the abnormal growth of breast cell, which spreads rapidly than healthy cells do and continue to form a lump or mass in the breast. These abnormal cells spread through the breast and reach till lymph nodes, chest, armpits or other parts of the body. Breast cancer normally begins in the cells of the milk-producing ducts and in the glandular tissue called lobules.

It is studied that hormonal, lifestyle and environmental factors increase the risk of breast cancer. But, there is no proven evidence that why some people develop cancer, though there are no risk factors found.

Analysing/checking breast for cancer symptoms:

Though breast cancer symptoms are not found in the early stage, analysing, checking and self-examining along with being familiar with your breasts can help you prevent and protect from breast cancer in the early stage of cancer. You just need to check the whole breast area including chest and armpit for unusual lumps or spots or something that you feel abnormal. And, if you find anything new or changes in and around breast consult the doctor immediately.