Learn More About The Symptoms of Breast Cancer
If there’s one cancer that people are aware of, it’s breast cancer. The widespread nature of breast cancer means that it has affected a huge section of society. In turn, people are more than willing to help the brave women who are afflicted by breast cancer and need to fight it. Walks and fundraisers are quite common. The pink ribbon campaign may be the best known fundraising and awareness campaign in medical history. However, despite this, knowledge about breast cancer itself can sometimes be shockingly lacking. People know about the advertising, but not about the disease itself. Quick diagnosis of breast cancer will lead to quicker treatment and in turn, to more cases of beating this terrible disease.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
As mentioned, the first step to stopping cancer is diagnosing it early. All women should be familiar with the shape and feeling of their breasts. Self exams are one of the most important aspects of diagnosis. Changes or lumps discovered during a self exam should immediately lead to a screening with a doctor. While lumps are often the most obvious way in which breast cancer is found, there are other symptoms which can be a sign of breast cancer. These include:
- Nipple Inversion - If a nipple that was never inverted has changed shape, that’s a potential sign of breast cancer.
- Breast Changes - These can be varied. Lumps are obvious, but there can be other changes like shape, size or appearance changes.
- Skin Changes - Skin covering the breasts can change. Sudden changes like dimpling, scaling, crusting or flaking of the skin (especially around the areola) can be a common symptom. It’s also possible the skin can turn red or orangish.
The only good thing about breast cancer being so prevalent is that there are many avenues to work to stop it. In the end, a mix of treatments will likely be required. Some of the treatments available for breast cancer are:
- Hormone Therapy - Some breast cancers are reactive and sensitive to various hormones the body produces. In turn, hormone therapy can used medication or surgery to stop or lower the production of these hormones.
- Chemotherapy - This is one of the most common treatment options for many cancers at this point. Chemotherapy attempts to reduce the size of tumors that are already existing.
- Radiation Therapy - This kind of therapy takes a few weeks to complete. High powered beams of radiation are shot at the cancerous regions in the breast. It’s also possible for certain radioactive material to actually be put inside the body instead of using a beams.
- Surgery - There is a wide variety of surgical options which can be used. Typically these are the last choices of breast cancer treatment. There are surgeries designed to specifically remove the cancer only, to remove the entire breast, or to remove some of the lymph nodes in the body and help determine if a cancer has spread.
Breast Cancer Research and Charities
There are dozens of charities which work to raise money to help research and test potential breast cancer resolutions. Choosing a charity can be difficult. Each charity tries to raise as much money as they can at a minimum outlay to themselves. The less they can spend on staff and marketing, the more money that can go to the research itself. Some of the more impressive charities include the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, The Breast Cancer Prevention Partners and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Each of these charities offers between 75%-90% of the money raised directly to programs. Each also focus on slightly different aspects of breast cancer research. For example, the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners works to eliminate toxic chemicals and excess radiation. They do this since exposure to these can be a cause of breast cancer. The working theory there is that prevention is preferable to recovery.
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