3 Essential Breast Cancer awareness tips
Ever wondered what is the fuss about "early prevention"? One of the most important factors when it comes to Breast Cancer treatment is whether the cancer is invasive or noninvasive. Noninvasive (in situ) cancers have not spread to surrounding tissues, but invasive Breast Cancer is more serious and deadly, having spread into the normal tissue outside the breast. Now you know why doctors recommend getting screened as early as possible!
Good news is that it is never too late to get your check-up, and sometimes even free of cost (especially around October, the Breast Cancer Awareness Month). So while you prepare to discuss this important health issue with your health care professional, here are our top Breast Cancer awareness tips:
1. Learn if you are at risk: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA, two of the biggest risk factors for Breast Cancer are being a woman and being older. Other than that, there are other risks:
- Breast Cancer gene mutation (BRCA1 or BRCA2)
- First menstrual period before the age of 12
- Never given birth, or being older when the first child was born
- Started menopause after the age of 55
- Taking hormones to replace missing estrogen and progesterone in menopause for more than five years
- Taking oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
- A personal history of breast cancer, dense breasts, or other breast problems
- A family history of Breast Cancer (parent, sibling, or child)
- Radiation therapy to the breast or chest
- Overweight or obese tendency, especially after menopause
Please note that having any of the above risk factor means that you are sure to get the disease. Knowing your risk factor allows you to take effective treatment steps early on and thus avoid bigger health concerns.
2. Awareness can save lives: Your age, environment, family history, lifestyle choices, and other important factors impact the type and frequency of healthcare. Listed below are some warning signs of Breast Cancer. While breast lumps do not always mean cancerous growth (fibrocystic breast condition and cysts are common causes), they should be checked by a medical expert right away.
- New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit)
- Thickening or swelling of part of the breast
- Irritation or dimpling of breast skin
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast
- Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood
- Any change in the size or the shape of the breast
- Pain in the breast
3. Breast self-examination: Examining your breasts on your own regularly is recommended by experts worldwide. After all, who knows your body better than you? There are plenty of online websites that offer guidance to a proper self-examination. In case you are unsure of the steps, get a clinical examination conducted by any of the Medeor Gynaecologists. Certain other factors may also help, such as quitting tobacco, limiting alcohol consumption, being physically active, breastfeeding, etc.
Screening tests can reveal risk factors. And this is a good thing. Regular health screenings can keep you healthier in the long run! Medeor’s expert Gynaecologists look forward to talking to you about keeping you in the pink of health 24x7.