Breast Cancer- Understanding The Common Symptoms

Breast cancer is very serious as one in eight women will be diagnosed with this disease during their lifetime. It is a good bet that you or someone very close to you is struggling or has struggled with breast cancer. There are two main types of cancer cancer. There is Ductal Carcinoma and Lobular Carcinoma. Ductal Carcinoma will start in the ducts that are created to move milk between the breast and the nipple. This is the most common type of breast problems.

Lobular Carcinoma will start in the part of the breast which is called lobules. In certain rare cases breast cancer can also start in other areas of the breast. Early detection of breast cancer is the main key to getting it into remission and leads to much higher rates of survival. You should always do self breast exams and if you are over the age of thirty-five you should get a yearly mammogram.

Research has shown that a number of cancers are very sensitive to the hormone estrogen. In certain cases, estrogen actually causes the tumors to grown. The name for this is estrogen receptor positive cancer. A certain percentage of women have HER2-positive breast cancer.

This is named for a gene which makes the cells divide, grow and eventually repair themselves. If a cell begins making too many copies of this gene and potentially causes cancer cells to replicate and grow much faster than they normally would.

The following symptoms are by no means a full list but may occur when someone develops breast cancer. The size and feel of your nipples may change, there may be lumps in your breasts or located in your armpits. These may be very hard when you feel them. The lump may not feel very smooth, you probably will feel no pain during this time and your nipple may leak pus of different colors.

As it is growing, one may notice the following: Your nipple may change in size, feel or shape, you may encounter redness or even puckering or dimpling (this could resemble the skin of an orange), you may feel a lump in your armpit or in your breast that is very hard to the touch and does not feel smooth. At this point there may be little or no pain and you may see pus leaking from the nipple

There has been great strides in the recent development of breast cancer treatment. There is radiation, chemotherapy, surgery to remove the cancer, some combination of Radiation, Chemotherapy and Surgery and depending on the severity of the cancer targeted therapy or hormonal therapy may be used.

Depending on your families, previous history of breast cancer early detection is vital, no matter what. Consult your doctor. No matter what your history is at the age of twenty and after, conduct your monthly self breast examinations. Do not forget to schedule your yearly mammograms.

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