Breast cancer is most common to women, only second to skin cancer.
It has been mainly diagnosed in people over the age of 50 but there are rare cases of younger people contracting it as well. In unique cases some men also develop breast cancers.
These constitute to about less than 1% of all the cases in the United States. Transgender women are also more likely to develop breast cancer compared to cisgender men.
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women from the ages of 35 to 54.
Here is a list of 12 signs of breast cancer to catch it early and be prepared for any mishap:
• New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
• Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
• Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
• Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
• Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
• Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
• Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
• Pain in any area of the breast.
• Swollen lymph nodes under the arm or near the collar bone (Sometimes this can be a sign of breast cancer spread even before the original tumour in the breast is large enough to be felt.)
• Itchiness in nipples: Paget’s disease is a rare type of breast cancer. However, if you have developed itchiness or crusting on the nipple, these may be signs of rare cancer.
• Constant nausea (feeling sick)
• Unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite If diagnosed early it can breast cancer can be cured through various treatment options available today. There are changes you can incorporate in your lifestyle to prevent the risk of breast cancer causing a death scare:
• Being physically active: Having an active lifestyle is always a good idea as it can help prevent numerous diseases that affect the human body.
• Change in body: Women can have bodily changes when they reach the menopause stage which can lead to obesity if the right steps are not taken to take care of the hormone fluctuations.
• Reproductive history: Having the first pregnancy after 30, not breast feeding, and never having a full-term pregnancy can lead to a higher chance of breast cancer.
• Alcohol: Women who enjoy more drinks than the recommended healthy amount have a higher risk of breast cancer.
• Contraceptives: Some oral contraceptives have also been linked to one of the causes of breast cancers in women. One should remember that these aren’t the best methods of contraception considering the risks involved. Condoms are the safest method of contraception at the moment.
Breast cancer can come off as a scary disease that can uproot anyone’s life but leading a healthy lifestyle. Keeping an eye on any bodily changes can help catch it early and diagnose it in time. If you feel like you have any of these symptoms please don’t panic and contact your doctor, (not google).
For more information about your breast health & to self- assess yourself, download the Pinga App.