If you have signs-symptoms-boobs cancer and first I thought I’d start with some fast facts as you may or may not know boobs cancer is something that is very prevalent there.
One out of every eight women will develop boobs cancer during her lifetime and it’s estimated that this year we’ll have over 200,000 new cases of boobs cancer.
So it is certainly something that we look for and want to make you aware of early detection methods, in addition, there are 63 thousand new cases of insight into cancer.
Early signs and symptoms of Boobs cancer
Boobs cancer is mostly seen in women. It is normally seen who are 30+ and below 45 years of age. It can be treated if early symptoms are seen.
Situ cancer basically is a very very early huge boobs cancer which is really what we want to do is find boobs cancer when it’s very early and very treatable.
Again boobs cancer treatment is much more successful as started early and when we find very early cancer. It is very very treatable the five-year survival is as high as 97% and at this time there’s all there are over 2.5 million huge boobs cancer survivors in the U.S.
The incidence in younger women so rare is something that we look at little women who are younger are screening more.
I think that boobs cancer is always thought to be a cancer of women as they age. 5% of boobs cancers occur in women under the age of 40 so it is something that we want younger women to be aware of.
Younger women who are diagnosed have a higher incidence of the Bracha one and Bracha two genetic mutations.
Women who carry this gene mutation are at an increased risk for boobs and ovarian cancers so it is something we want to educate women.
Something we want to encourage screening actually men are not people who shouldn’t ignore boobs cancer this can occur in men.
Boys and girls have an amount of breast tissue men, of course, have a little bit left breast tissue than women. It’s a rare disease less than 1% but it is something that if there seems to be a genetic link something that we educate men about screening.
Risks to detect early symptoms of boobs cancer:
Early detection and knowing about yourself and symptoms so that you can find a boobs cancer early the first is to know your risk and that really is something that you need to talk about with your family.
Family health history
Find out about their family health history. Who had what disease and at what age? Share that information with him or her so that they can assess and give you your personal risk of boobs cancer.
Very important risk factors are something you probably have heard. There are many risk factors that you can control and some risk factors that you just can’t control.
High BMI increases the risk of Boobs cancer:
I like to concentrate on those things that we have some control over the first being a high BMI or high body mass index we found that in postmenopausal women that weight gain or obesity seems to be a risk factor in our clinical trial research.
Lack of exercise increases risk of Boobs cancer:
Something that again we can control a little bit it also sorts of goes hand in hand with lack of exercise so in trying to keep your body mass index a little bit lower and increasing your exercise or too good healthy things that can not only help with your risk for boobs cancer but also of many other diseases.
Smoking will increase your risk of boobs cancer:
Avoid smoking. If you are a smoker try to stop taking alcohol. It can increase the risk for boobs cancer.
Aging is one factor for Boobs cancer:
Aging. As we get older our risk does get higher. You have a little bit of higher risk if you’ve had boobs cancer already and also we find in women who have very high very dense boobs.
It may be genetic:
A lot of benign boob disease just makes it a bit more difficult to see through that tissue. Some additional types of screening tools for women in that situation family history may or may not mean that you have a genetic link. It’s something that your doctor can sit down with you and sort of analyzing and look at boobs cancer in your family is it on your mom’s side or your dad’s side.
Full screening of boobs cancer:
If you are at a high risk of genetic counseling and genetic testing for a gene mutation the other thing we look at that in boobs cancer is again along with the thought of hormone.
If women have full-term pregnancies after the age of 30 or tend not to breastfeed. Those early late and starting their periods a little bit early and ending their periods all that hormonal history has something to do with hormonal cancers which boob cancer is one of about your menstrual history, you can’t control that but it’s just something to be aware of.
Radiation treatment increases the risk of boobs cancer:
Women who had cancer had to have radiation treatment or very frequent x-rays seem to have a higher risk for boob cancer. As they age and also women who have elevated blood estrogen seem to have a higher risk of cancer just caused by cells.
A genetic mutation or some type of outside factor multiply into hundreds and thousands of cells that cluster together. They form a lump or mass or a tumor but of course, cancer doesn’t appear overnight it takes many many years.
Our hope in early detection before it has grown to a point where it’s a little bit more difficult to treat that’s why early detection is just so important 5-10% depending on how we look at the genes it is a genetic mutation but the vast majority of boobs cancer is actually caused by something else that we can’t quite put our finger on yet thank goodness.
How to have a healthy immune system?
You can have a healthy immune system to battle cancer if it was to develop here’s a quick overview on how cancer affects the breast and not to go into a lot of detail but cancer in the breast either forms in the ducts or in the lobules that the little pockets that hold the milk in the boob.
So normally we’ll see those changes within the boob there is a less common form of boob cancer called pageant’s disease which can affect the nipple in terms of a scalene kind of irritation on the nipple area or a rila and rarely also is a form of cancer called inflammatory boob cancer which is actually cancer that presents in the boob as a swollen red warm to touch boobs it has some pain associated with it.
Examining your boobs:
So step number two is to really know what’s normal for you and your norm is going to be something that you get used to by examining your boobs frequently. To see what’s important in terms of guidelines American Cancer Society guidelines for boobs self-exam say it’s the option’s something that you should start near the 20s.
It’s important to know what your boobs look and feel like so that you can report a change so if that means monthly for you if that’s a good thing to check or if you do it less frequently just to be sure.
I do encourage women after they’ve had their clinical exam by a healthcare provider. They go home that night and assess their breast tissue because that will give you a pretty clear indication of but that’s a normal field breast. Breasts are made up of it’s just one big gland it’s made up of these little lobules.
Some ducts that carry the milk to the end through the nipple it has a vast network of the lymphatic system and the lymphatic system drains into the lymph nodes and those are just like tiny little filters that remove toxins from the breasts and the surrounding area finding breast changes is something that can’t always be felt.
Boobs and monthly cycles:
It is important to know you’re normal and also know if you still have a monthly cycle that to examine your breasts at the end of your cycle. I usually say you know five days or so after your cycle when your hormones are kind of low and they’re not so tender and full seems to be a good time if you’re not having periods anymore just pick a day of the month that seems convenient.
Whatever you’re going to remember and keep in mind that it’s not scary that even though you may have lots of lumps and bumps in your breast what’s important is to first know what’s normal and then you’ll be able to pick an abnormality out of there and breast cancer is something that is just out of the norm it does not feel like normal tissue.
It usually is sort of hard and not something that you felt before so you just want to report any abnormalities now what do you alert your healthcare provider to and I know this is a topic that probably you’ve heard over the years you’ve seen how to examine your boobs.
I am wanting to encourage you that when you do your boobs self-exams that you’re looking at things a little bit differently now than you may have before so when you examine your boobs a lot of times.
We were laying down and examining our boobs and then looking in the mirror and maybe examining in the shower when we’re standing and those are all good way to find something that’s comfortable for you what I want you to alert your health care provider about is any kind of lump hard knot or thickening inside the boobs or all the way up to the armpit or axilla and all the way up to your clavicle anything that just feels different doesn’t feel like the other side.
I also want you to be aware of how your boobs look if you look and compare both your boobs normally your left and your right boob are not going to be exactly the same so you kind of know that is your norm but if you notice an abnormal swelling a warmth to the boob in one area a redness or darkening of the boob that’s something to take a little closer look at and alert your health care provider.