Skin & Beauty
Are you a candidate for breast cancer? Here is a checklist of risk factors:
These are just some of the known risks of what can cause breast cancer in women. If a woman falls into any of the categories in the list above, there are ways that she can decrease her risk of developing breast cancer.
These changes would be long-term life-style changes. Sometimes these are not easy to make.
There is a self-exam that women can perform on themselves monthly to detect breast cancer. This test is described on another page of this website.
Early detection of breast cancer does not neccessarily mean an easy cure as some women think. If a woman detects a lump in her breast or under her arms or any other type of changes. She should immediately contact her doctor.
The cells in the human body multiply generally in an orderly fashion. Sometimes, irregular cells begin to develop. They can mutate quickly or slowly forming lumps, cysts or tumors.
Not every lump, cyst or tumor is malignant, but every change within the breast that a woman discovers, should be investigated further by her doctor. These changes include the dimpling of the skin, discharge from the nipples, lumps that move or are stationary. You want to catch these abnormal cells before they metastasize and begin spreading into the lymphatic system.
If the cancer is detected and treated quickly, chances for recovery are greatly enhanced. But if the cancer goes undetected, ignored or is not treated, the woman will die.
About 1 in 7 women will develop breast cancer.
Any woman who falls into the risk category of developing breast cancer should do self-exams monthly, have mammograms yearly and be examined by a doctor on a regular basis.
Some warning signs of breast cancer:
Once a change has been noted by the woman and she has been examined by a doctor. He will order a mammogram. If after the mammogram there are still concerns about the changes, than a biopsy will be ordered. Biopsies and mammograms are explored further in this website.
Do your research. Get more than one opinion. Go to the library and also surf the internet for information about breast cancer. A new book out- Why I Wore Red Lipstick to My Mastectomy by Geralyn Lucas describes in vivid detail this 27 year olds fight to survive breast cancer and is highly recommended.
On the Internet, Linda’s Journey- The Diary of a Breast Cancer Survivor stands to all to offer hope in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, we urge you to join a support group. For many women the reality of possibly losing a breast can be devastating. You will be experiencing a full range of emotions as you grapple with the life- altering aspects that follow such a diagnosis. In a support group you will find breast cancer survivors that will give you the chance to be able to explore your feelings and speak about your fears that they themselves once shared.
This site is designed to give general health information solely for educational purposes.