Author : Reshma Thomas
Each year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, it may be a treatable disease if caught early enough. Here’s how to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer and what to do if you spot the warning signs.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women and men. It can be a difficult disease to diagnose and treat, but it doesn’t have to be.
Cancer is an insidious disease, and it’s arguably the worst. Cancer cells multiply until they create tumors, which can be benign or malignant depending on their type. Breast cancer affects about 10% of women in some form at one time or another; most are treatable with surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy (for those who have not yet gone into menopause), radiation treatment for breast cancers that haven’t spread to other parts of the body outside the chest area but there’s no cure as such when you get this kind of diagnosis from a doctor.
What can you do to decrease your risk for developing breast cancer?
Research shows that the following are the best day-to-day breast cancer reducing factors for you:
- Not smoking
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Exercising regularly
- Getting enough rest each night
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Lowering stress in your life
- Maintaining social support
- Managing reproductive health
There are also breast cancer tests that breast cancer doctors recommend in order to gather breast cancer information about your breast such as a mammogram, breast MRI or breast ultrasound, because the earlier breast cancers are detected, the better are the chances it can be treated successfully.
Following breast surgery, you may need radiation therapy to eliminate an increased risk of recurrence or improve your cancer outcomes. There are two types of treatments for following breast surgery: local treatment and whole-breast treatment. Localized tumor sites can be treated with localized radiotherapy immediately after the operation has been completed; if there is an increased risk due to size, then this type will often be used in addition postoperative as it treats all areas around any tumors that have not yet formed after the initial procedure was done by primary staff members who typically only treat specific problem zones like breasts at high risks because they had large sizes before their surgeries were performed on them first when making decisions about what steps should come next based off how much damage those particular patients. Radiation treatments can also be given before surgery to decrease the amount of healthy tissue that needs to be removed during mastectomy (breast removal).
Chemotherapy has become a popular cancer treatment option for those with metastatic breast cancer. There are many types of chemotherapy treatments that exist, but we will focus on the different options pertaining to your condition and situation. Chemotherapy is used in conjunction with other medications or procedures such as surgery and radiation therapy when treating patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, depending on what type they have, if any at all.”
Breast cancer treatments and breast care choices are available for you to discuss with your doctor, who will listen to your concerns and help you make the best decisions based on your breast cancer type, breast cancer stage, age, general health and other personal preferences. Your breast cancer treatment plan may include surgery, radiation or chemotherapy (chemo), along with a number of other breast cancer-related procedures. This breast cancer information gives detailed descriptions of each breast cancer treatment option.
- Breast pain or nipple discharge.
- Change in size or shape of your breast.
- Breast lumps, thickening, dimpling or puckering, an inverted nipple,
- Stretch marks that occur at the site of your nipple or anywhere on the breast area above your collarbone.
- A change in skin texture is also one way to detect breast cancer.
The following illustration will explain breast cancer symptoms and breast lumps and breast tumors, breast nodules, breast cysts will also be included.
Many breast cancers have no breast lump or breast symptoms; they are found because a woman finds a breast tumor on her self-breast exam or during a doctor’s examination of the chest area(mammography). Understanding breast cancer risk factors is important in learning how to prevent breast cancer.
Breast cancer symptoms are usually non-specific and are often attributed to benign breast conditions such as fibrocystic breast changes, mastalgia or breast abscesses. As a result, breast cancer is frequently detected via screening mammography Breast Cancer Signs & Symptoms: signs of breast cancer while doing your monthly Breast Self Examination (BSE) include the following: Change in size or shape of the breast, nipple discharge such as bloody discharge from nipple that has not been exposed to injury, changes in skin texture like dimpling, puckering pinkness or redness of breast skin, breast pain or breast swelling.
Any breast self examination (BSE) tips?
Each breast should be thoroughly examined every month or two by a healthcare professional who will manually check the breast to feel for lumps or anything abnormal, as well as examine your breast with an instrument called a breast probe. You can also do this breast self-examination at home using the technique shown in the instruction sheet – Breast Self-Examination. Go through these steps after you have finished taking a shower or bath when your skin is warm and relaxed. Make sure that you are not wearing any deodorant, powder, hair spray, perfume, nail polish or jewelry.
To do it yourself, follow these steps:
- Remove all your clothes above the waist. Lie down. Lying down spreads your breasts evenly over your chest and makes it easier to feel lumps or changes. Check your entire breast by feeling all of the tissue from the collarbone to the bottom of the bra line and from the armpit to the breastbone.
- Use the pads of your three middle fingers—not your fingertips. Use the middle fingers of your left hand to check your right breast. Use the middle fingers of your right hand to check your left breast. You can use an up-and-down pattern or a spiral pattern. Move your fingers slowly in small coin-sized circles.
- Use three different levels of pressure to feel all of your breast tissue. Light pressure is needed to feel the tissue close to the skin surface. Medium pressure is used to feel a little deeper, and firm pressure is used to feel your tissue close to your breastbone and ribs. Avoid lifting your fingers away from the skin as you feel for lumps, unusual thicknesses, or changes of any kind.
Where will you get all the help and services you need?
Brookefield Hospital is here for you every step of the way with all the information you need about breast cancer, its treatment options, support services, and much more. We will help you find your way through this tough time so that you can focus on what’s important – getting well and healthy again. You deserve peace of mind during your diagnosis and treatment process. Let us help by providing resources that will ease your journey as much as possible.
Services We Offer
Brookefield Hospital uses a multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of patients suffering from cancer. The cancer centre has the expertise to perform a full range of cancer surgeries. It offers a complete range of chemotherapies in an inpatient as well as day care setting. Technology and equipment available include:
- State-of-the-art Operation Theatres
- Diagnostic equipment for CT scan, X-rays, blood tests and endoscopes
- Specialist consultants in OPD
The hospital specializes in diagnosis and treatment of different types of cancer situations:
- Cancer checks and diagnosis
- Preventive care (includes various screening procedures for early detection)
- Breast related cancers and re-construction
- Bone, lung, liver cancers
- Prostate and Rectal cancers
- Surgical oncology procedures
- Pediatric oncology Services
- Pain and palliative care
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, it is important to find a reliable hospital for cancer treatments. The best way to know if you need a mammogram is by scheduling an appointment with our doctors at the Cancer Center. If you have any questions, we’re here for your convenience and expertise. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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