According to the experts from American Cancer Society there are going to be around new 250,000 cases of breast cancer among American women by the end of 2016. Around 40,500 of them are probably not going to make it. This shows that breast cancer became one of the most common cancer types among women. 1 in 8 women are likely to develop it during their lifetime.
All women have to be active in preventing its occurrence and be able to recognize the signs and symptoms. If you know them you will be able to detect cancer in its early phase, thus the treatment will be easier and successful.
These are the most common signs of breast cancer you must not ignore:
Appearance of new mole or change of an existing one – this is a typical sign of skin cancer, but can be also a sign of breast cancer. One study noted 18-years medical record of 89,902 women aged 40-65 and at the beginning they documented the number of each mole they had. During this study, there were 5,956 women diagnosed with breast cancer. Researchers say that women who had the most moles out of the group had 13% higher risks of breast cancer than those without moles. Thus, if you notice a new mole or a change in the existing one you have to see a doctor.
Change in bladder or bowels – breast cancer can cause hormone changes which will dry out the urethra, making it difficult for you to control the bladder. Leaking urine during coughing, laughing, sneezing, or exercising, experiencing sudden and urgent need to urinate, and also urination which take longer than usual are a common sign of breast cancer.
Fatigue – it is present even before the diagnosis and appears because the cancer cannot be alleviated by sleep or rest. It is very severe and very often linked to high distress levels, unrelated to the excretion amount. Fatigue can be also accompanied by other symptoms like pain, depression, and sleep disturbance. The imbalance of chemicals in the body created by the cancer cause fatigue.
Cough or sore throat which will not subside – cancer which starts in one area is called primary cancer and if the cells break away from it and move to another part, they form another tumor called secondary cancer. Thus, breast cancer can spread to the lungs and can be easily detected by a prolonged cough and hoarseness. Almost in 60-70% of women that were diagnosed with breast cancer had the cancer spread to their lungs. The most common symptoms are dry cough and shortness of breath.
Unexplained back pain – it may be a sign that breast cancer tumors have started to form. You might feel a pressure on your ribs and spine or pain in the upper back which feels like it comes from the bones. Immediately consult with your doctor because this can denote that the cancer had spread to the spine.
Watch the video below where you will be given tips on how to lower the risks of breast cancer.