Breast Cancer - Detecting Cancer Early

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					Breast Cancer - Detecting Cancer Early
Breast cancer is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. In 2005
502,000 people died worldwide as a result of this cancer. Worldwide, more
people are diagnosed with breast cancer than any other cancer except for
lung cancer and it is the fifth most common cancer overall. While these
statistics are alarming, there are ways to keep yourself as safe as
possible from this terrible disease.
A lump in the breast is often the first sign of this disease. The lump
generally feels different from the surrounding breast tissue. You should
immediately see your physician if you discover a lump. Your physician
will follow up with appropriate tests and examinations, such as a
mammogram, to determine the nature of the lump.
Other symptoms might include changes in the size or shape of the breast,
a dimpling of the skin on the breast, an inverted nipple, or nipple
discharge. Breast pain should also be checked by a doctor because even
though it doesn't usually mean breast cancer, it might be symptomatic of
another problem.
Discovering these symptoms should not be cause for immediate alarm. Most
of the time, the cause of the symptoms is not cancer. But the risk of
cancer is very real, the consequences of cancer are severe, and the
disease is progressive, so one should never delay scheduling an
appointment with their health care professional.
What can you expect if you are diagnosed with breast cancer? Your
physician and other medical professionals will carefully review your
treatment options and explain the best courses of action. Unfortunately,
some women are so fearful of mastectomy that they delay seeking medical
help. You would be well advised never to let this concern delay life
saving treatment.
Breast cancer can easily strike fear into the minds of most women.
However, it is important to remember several things. First, early
detection is a key factor in successful treatment; make sure to perform
self-exams as well as routine appointments with your physician. If you
are diagnosed, make sure to avail yourself of the many ways to connect
with others fighting and surviving this disease.
According to recent research conducted by the American Cancer Society, on
an average an eighth of all females are bound to suffer from breast
cancer. Although tumors of the mammary glands is not as widespread as
heart ailments, nonetheless it evokes morbid dread due to the possibility
of illness, fatality, and mastectomy. Any cancer risk is determined on
several complex issues that are not yet well understood. Changes to the
breast, including any noticeable abnormalities, should be immediately
brought to the attention of a physician. Tests to screen for cancer, such
as the mammogram, should be performed as recommended by your doctor.