Breast Cancer Awareness Day 2022: Tips To Early Detection
Today, October 13 is Breast Cancer Awareness Day 2022 and this article will give you an in-depth knowledge of how to detect breast cancer early enough.
How to detect breast cancer
No one wants to hear the phrase “you have breast cancer.” But according to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. So it’s important to know how to detect breast cancer early when it’s most treatable.
Here are some tips on how to detect breast cancer:
- Know your risk factors. There are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing breast cancer, such as age, family history, personal history of breast cancer, dense breasts, and more. If you know your risks, you can be more vigilant about checking for signs of breast cancer.
Perform a self-exam. Once a month, check your breasts for any changes in size, shape, or texture. If you notice anything unusual, bring it to your doctor’s attention.
Get an annual mammogram. Mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early. Be sure to schedule one every year starting at age 40 (or earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer).
See your doctor for regular checkups. In addition to mammograms, you should also see your doctor regularly for
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is a type of cancer that develops from breast tissue. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, a newly inverted nipple, or a red or scaly patch of skin. In men, breast cancer may cause Gynecomastia. Breast cancer is most commonly diagnosed in women between the ages of 40 and 55 years old; however, it can also occur in younger women and men. The exact cause of breast cancer is unknown; however, there are several risk factors associated with the disease, including family history, personal history of certain cancers, radiation exposure, obesity, alcohol consumption, and hormone replacement therapy. Treatment for breast cancer may include surgery (lumpectomy or mastectomy), radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or hormone therapy.
How common is breast cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
There are a few different things to look for when trying to detect breast cancer. Most notably, you should be on the lookout for any changes in the size or shape of your breasts. Additionally, you may notice that one of your breasts begins to swell or that a nipple begins to turn inward. You may also experience some discharge from your nipple or notice that the skin around the breast begins to change colour or texture. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible so that they can rule out any other potential causes and determine if you have breast cancer.
How is breast cancer diagnosed?
There are a few different ways that doctors can diagnose breast cancer. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast tissue and is often the first test used to detect breast cancer. An ultrasound uses sound waves to create a picture of the inside of the breast and can be used to determine if a mass is solid or filled with fluid. A biopsy is the removal of a small amount of tissue from the breast for further testing. This is usually done if there is an abnormal area on a mammogram or ultrasound.
A doctor may also order an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or PET (positron emission tomography) scan if they suspect breast cancer. These scans create detailed pictures of the inside of the body and can help show if there are any abnormal areas.
How is breast cancer treated?
There are many different ways to treat breast cancer, and the most effective approach depends on the individual patient’s situation. The three main types of treatment are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
Surgery is the most common type of treatment for breast cancer. The goal of surgery is to remove as much of cancer as possible. There are several different types of surgical procedures that can be used, depending on the size and location of the tumour.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells. It is typically used after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells. Radiation therapy can also be used as a primary treatment for small tumours that cannot be removed with surgery.
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be given intravenously or in pill form and is often used in combination with other treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy.
There are many ways to detect breast cancer, but the most important thing is to be vigilant and to know your body. If you notice any changes in your breasts, or if you have any concerns, be sure to speak to your doctor. Early detection is key in the successful treatment of breast cancer, so don’t hesitate to get checked out if you think something might be wrong.