Woman should Know about Breast Cancer

Seven Things Woman should Know about Breast Cancer

We would all want to reduce our risk of developing breast cancer.If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with this cancer, then will know what a serious diagnosis this is. Though there is no documented way to prevent it, a combination of different approaches as suggested by our private gynaecologist in London, can make a difference in the likelihood of the disease developing. Here are seven things women should know about breast cancer.

  • Breast cancer is not a single disease - Different types of breast cancer may develop in different parts of the breast. The disease is not the same for every women and it can be diagnosed at different stages.
     
  • Few cases of breast cancer can be hereditary - Many women believe that if someone in their family has been diagnosed with this disease, then they will also develop it. Some breast cancers are hereditary but the majority are not. If you are worried about a genetic link to breast cancer talk to your consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist who can arrange genetic testing if necessary.
     
  • Know how your breasts look and feel - It is very important for every woman to know how her breasts normally look and feel. If you know what is normal it will be easy to spot any abnormality.  If you do find something abnormal, consult with your gynaecologist who will help and advise you. Some signs and symptoms to consider are:
     
    • Any change in the shape or size of either or both breasts.
    • A sudden lump or area of thickened tissue that forms in either breast.
    • A pain in the armpit or breast that does not go away. Pain rarely occurs due to breast cancer in its early stages but if pain does not go, you should be checked.
    • Change in the skin texture, such as dimpling or puckering on the skin of breasts or around the nipples.
    • Redness or rashes around the nipple or inversion of the nipple
    • Any abnormal swelling in your armpit or around the collarbone.
    • A discharge from either nipple.
  • A lump does not always mean breast cancer - A lump in the breast is the most recognisable sign of breast cancer. However, nine out of ten lumps are found to be non-cancerous. Many symptoms like a lump might be due to normal changes in the breast. Again it is important to know what is normal so that you can easily spot any changes.

  • The hand you use for self-examinationmatters - Often women make the mistake of doing self-examination of their breasts with the wrong hand. For example, when they check their right breast, they use the right hand and for the left breast, they use their left hand. Gynae experts have said that you need to use the opposite hand since the self-examination involves lifting the arm on the side that is being examined. This will help to spread the breast tissue and make any lumps easier to detect.

  • Breast screening can save lives – Breast cancer screening programmes may help prevent a good percentage of women in the UK from dying of breast cancer. Since breast cancer is something common for women over 50, women who are in the age of 50 to 70 years are invited to go for routine breast screening every three years.

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle – Women who lead a healthy lifestyle can lessen their risks for developing breast cancer. Eating a well-balanced diet, doing regular exercise, limiting intake of alcohol and maintaining an ideal weight can reduce the risks associated with the disease.

Visit Gynaecology London Clinic where our consultant gynaecologists help women detect breast problems and get them treated early.

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