It's a disease that is caused by unusual replication of abnormal cells in a part of the body. There are different causes that lead to this unusual replication of cells (carcinogenesis). For example, exposure to radiation (sunlight), genetics, air quality, smoking, etc.
Breast Cancer is the unusual division of Breast cells. Although this cannot be prevented, early detection provides the best possibility for a successful treatment.
Like I earlier stated, early detection gives you your best chance at successfully managing and eventually fighting off this disease. Early detection means finding the Cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body. By following these 3 Steps, you will help increase your chance of detecting cancer early.
Changes to look out for include:
• A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm.
• A change in the size or shape of the breast
• Dimpling or puckering in the Skin of the breast
• A nipples turned inward towards the breast
• Discharge (fluid) from the nipple when you aren't breastfeeding
• Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast, nipple or areola (the dark area of skin at the center of the breast).
Often these symptoms are not due to cancer, but if you notice any changes in your body, it's advisable to see your physician immediately so that a proper diagnosis can be conducted.
The well-woman exam is a great opportunity for you to discuss with your physician any questions or concerns you have regarding your breast health, for example your doctor may help you determine the most appropriate frequency for your early detection steps.
Mammograms can detect cancer or other problems before a lump becomes large enough to be detectable to touch. They provide an effective way to find breast cancer in its early stages when treatment is usually the most successful, considered safe, quick and relatively painless.
When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage) the 5 year relative survival rate is almost 100%, this is why it is so important for you to schedule regular exams.