Did you know that one person is diagnosed with breast cancer every 30 seconds? Did you also know that breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women aged between 15 and 65? It’s true, a woman as young as 18 years can be a victim of breast cancer. These statistics might seem shocking and quite unbelievable but they are very true. Many people assume that women only of a certain age and women who have a history of smoking and unhealthy habits are susceptible to breast cancer but that’s far from the truth. Anyone can be diagnosed with breast cancer, including men, though it’s more common in women.
The only way to diagnose breast cancer is through a test. Self diagnosis can help you identify the possibility of a problem but cannot confirm it. Breast cancer is usually detected through a mammography exam, a test that’s done in pretty much everywhere including our diagnostic center in Jayanagar, and other branches. We think it’s about time we learn a little more about breast cancer, mammography, and everything related to it.
Breast cancer is one of those conditions that’s not spoken about much but should be for all the reasons. A breast cancer is basically a tumor in your breast which happens when the cells in a breast tissue grow out of control. If not diagnosed early, the cancer can spread to the surrounding parts eventually resulting in death. The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump in the breast area. These lumps are usually painless and hard and not noticeable initially. Hence, it is very important to self examine every once in a while and check for lumps and swelling in the breast, collarbone, and armpit area. While this might not always mean breast cancer, more often than not it’s breast cancer. Listed below are some of the most common symptoms that indicate breast cancer:
- Change in the size and shape of the breast.
- Discharge from the nipple usually containing blood.
- A lump in the breast, armpit or collarbone.
- Unexplained pain in the breast and armpit area.
- Sunken nipple or inverted nipple.
- Rash around the nipples.
- Pitting or redness of the skin surround the breast.
What’s mammography? How is it done?
A Mammography exam is a test conducted to detect breast cancer, it is also known as a mammogram. It basically uses low intensity x-rays on the breast to detect the presence of cancer. A mammogram is usually recommended if the doctor feels you might be susceptible to breast cancer. It is also advisable to get a mammogram done every year to ensure you are in the pink of health. Getting mammograms frequently will also help detect breast cancer in its early stage if it does strike you. Detecting it early will make the treatment easier and ensure your chance of survival.
Mammography is not one bit painful. During the exam a device takes x-ray images of your breasts which later is turned into digital images and after analysis, reports will be sent to you. Once you receive the reports, you can get your doctor to analyse them to see if you are healthy. Regardless of what the results are, it’s important to know breast cancer is treatable and you can recover from it.