Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms in Females Revealed

These are breast cancer signs and symptoms in females revealed.  I do not promote violence, but today I'm going to teach you how to fight. Whom do I want you to fight, you ask? Breast cancer, because she's nasty, and I'm sick of her. She kills over 40,000 women in the United States each year. She's the second leading cause of cancer death among women. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. If you think you're safe because no one in your entire family has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, think again, because 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. Oh, she's sneaky. Breast cancer deserves to be beaten. So, join me, peaceful people. Let's fight.

When Does Breast Cancer Occur?

Breast cancer occurs when the normal breast cells make a change and start growing unchecked and out of control. It can happen in both women and men. Yes, men can get breast cancer. So many celebrities have been very open about their battles with breast cancer, such as Robin Roberts, Cynthia Dixon of Sex and the City, the singer, Sheryl Crow, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Seinfeld. When breast cancer is detected early and treated, it is very often curable. In fact, breast cancer deaths have declined by over one third over the past three decades due to screening, early detection, and better treatments.

What Are The Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

Well, the whole point of breast cancer screening and early detection is to detect breast cancer before symptoms ever develop. But when symptoms do occur, they can be as follows: breast hardness, or a lump in the breast, which can be detected by self-examination, or examination by a physician. The breast may also change size with breast cancer. You can get breast swelling. One breast may become larger than the other breast. One breast may hang lower than the other breast.

Skin Changes Can Be A Symptom Of Breast Cancer

Another symptom, skin changes. If you have breast cancer, the skin around the cancer can change. It can become hard, thick. It can get dimpling or look something like an orange peel, an orange's skin. Breast pain, even though breast cancer is usually painless. Also, nipple discharge, or even a bloody discharge of the nipple, especially in someone who is not breastfeeding.

Nipple changes can be symptomatic of breast cancer as well. Nipple thickness, nipple itching, nipple scaling. An inverted nipple can be a symptom of breast cancer. Also, lumps or swelling in the underarms, the armpit, can be a symptom of breast cancer. And a late symptom of breast cancer could be skin breakdown or erosion, ulceration at the site of breast cancer. Again, the point of screening is to try to catch the breast cancer before you develop symptoms. But if you have any of those symptoms, you must consult your physician and find out if you are at risk for breast cancer.


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Breast Cancer Screening.

Screening is one of our best weapons in the fight against breast cancer. Self-examinations used to be recommended every month. However, self-examinations have become a bit controversial. No studies have actually proven that self-breast examinations, plus mammograms, are better than mammograms alone, and no studies have actually proven that self-examinations decrease the death rate from breast cancer. That being said, I personally have taken care of patients who have discovered breast lumps and who have discovered their own breast cancer through self-breast examination.

So if you do make the choice to do self-breast examinations, it is typically recommended that they are done monthly. You can do them lying down flat. You can do them while you're in the shower. The key is to make sure that you learn how to do it correctly. Consult your physician. You want to move and touch all of the breast tissue, all of the nipple tissue, feel for hardness, feel for lumps, look for skin changes, feel in your underarms. Again, consult your physician and have that discussion about self-breast examinations. And if you do choose to do them, do them correctly.

Physician Examinations For Breast Cancer Detection

You shouldn't be visiting your physician routinely and talk to your physician about examining your breast. Your physician, of course, will be proficient in examinations and detections of signs of breast cancer.

Mammograms for Breast Cancer Diagnosis

A mammogram is a specialized x-ray of the breast that is meant to detect breast cancer very early, even before symptoms have the chance to develop. You must consult your physician to find out when you should have your mammograms.

Many physicians recommend that ladies have mammograms starting at the age of 40, but depending on your risk factors, your family history, you made need to have your mammograms done at an earlier age. Some physicians recommend that mammograms are done every year. Some recommend that mammograms are done every two years depending on the patient. At any rate, it is important that ladies have mammograms done routinely in order to detect breast cancer early.

Screening Test for Breast Cancer

In addition to the mammogram, there are several other diagnostic screening and monitoring tools and tests for breast cancer, including breast MRIs, breast ultrasounds, CAT scans, chest x-rays, bone scans, biopsies. Consult your physician to learn more about these options. As far as the treatments for breast cancer, they are getting better and better. They can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy. Again, you must consult your physician.

What Is The Purpose of Genetic Testing For Breast Cancer?

Genetic testing tests for genes that may put you at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. The BRCA genes are commonly used to test for breast cancer risks, the BRCA1 and the BRC2 genes. If you test positive for a BRCA gene, you may have up to a 65% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. For this reason, some ladies who are found to be positive of the BRCA gene make the very personal choice to have bilateral mastectomies. They removed all the breast tissue from both of their breasts to try to decrease their risk of developing breast cancer. Some celebrities who have shared this very brave and bold choice include Angelina Jolie, as well as Christina Applegate.


This ends my general overview of breast cancer signs and symptoms in females revealed and how to fight breast cancer. Being screened so that there can be early detection and early treatment is the key in the fight against breast cancer. Remember, each patient varies, so make sure you consult your physician and find out which screening tools and which treatments are best for you.   As always, I want you to take care of you, prioritize yourself, and live your happiest, healthiest life.  If you haven't already make sure you check out my video on 5 Ways Stress Affects Your Body and How To Reduce Stress

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