Few people realize that breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women, coming second only to skin cancer. In the United States, an estimated one in eight women stand the chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime, making it something to be concerned about. Here, we’ll find out more about what is breast cancer and how is it formed.
Understanding your Breast Cancer
It’s important to note that there are different types of cancer. Based on your test results, the doctor can tell you what type of cancer you’ve got. They could also suggest a prognosis that will determine the outcome of the disease. The following are some of the questions that will help you understand more about your breast cancer:
- When did the cancer start?
- Is the cancer common?
- What’s the stage of cancer?
- Is it a fast or slow growing cancer?
- Are there any other tests needed?
- Is it possible for the tests to be wrong?
- How likely is it that the treatment will make me cancer free?
- Can I have a copy of the pathology report?
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
A person can develop breast cancer when the cells in their breast start to grow out of proportion. These cells then form a tumor which feels like a lump and can be detected by an x-ray. If the cells of the tumor grow further to invade surrounding tissues, the tumor is considered to be malignant. While men can also get breast cancer, it is almost entirely occurring in women. Some of the possible symptoms of breast cancer are as follows:
- Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
- Skin irritation or dimpling, redness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
- Nipple retraction (turning inward)
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk
- Pain in the breast or nipple
Causes of Breast Cancer
One of the causes that may lead to breast cancer is the DNA. DNA changes that are passed on from parents can greatly increase a person’s risk of getting breast cancer. Other causes include lifestyle-related risk factors, such as what you eat, how much you exercise, and your weight.
How Breast Cancer Forms
Changes in the DNA can lead normal breast cells to turn cancerous. Breast cancers can also start from different parts of the breast, with most beginning from the ducts that carry milk to the nipples, called ductal cancer. Other breast cancers start from the glands that make breast milk, and called lobular cancer. Apart from these, there are many other types of breast cancers that are less common.
It is important here to note that not all lumps on the breast are malignant. Non-cancerous breast tumors are merely abnormal growths which are not considered life threatening. That said, these benign breast lumps may increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer in some cases.
Complications of Breast Cancer
Certain complications may arise while treating breast cancer. For instance, the use of chemotherapy drugs comes with a number of side effects. It is important to speak to your doctor if you are experiencing any side effects of the cancer treatment. Some of the common side effects of chemotherapy are infection, fatigue, bruising, bleeding, and sleep disturbances.
What can you do about it?
You’re body is designed to be well if you put forth the effort and you must have enough life left in your body to accept the good things you’re putting into it. If you’re one of the lucky people and you are stage-1 or stage-2 you a lot more options.
Experts recommend the following:
If you are stage-3 or stage-4, it’s highly advised that you don’t try to play your own doctor. You really need a skilled physician that knows how to handle your situation. Check out our amazing stage-4 survival story that inspired this website, and get a recommendation to the best natural cancer clinic on the planet.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” ~The Bible, Hosea 4:6
God bless you and your family.
Peggy Sue, and family