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Breast Cancer: Symptoms and Prevention

Dr. Zahra Shah

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Breast cancer, unfortunately, has been becoming very common among women. Breast cancer is the second most common types of cancer among women. According to stats, 1 out of 8 women in the US develop this condition at least once in a lifetime. It is common among women aged 55-65. Men are also at a risk to develop breast cancer though the risks are relatively low.

Who is at Risk?  

  • Family history also plays a role
  • Women who start menstruation before 12 years, or going on menopause after 55.
  • Women who haven’t borne children
  • Women who have dense breast tissues
  • Hormonal birth control pills put you at a risk to develop breast cancer

Early Symptoms:  

Identifying breast cancer at an early stage can save lives. It is important to identify the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Only a health professional can give proper diagnosis, however, it is vital to understand and interpret the warning signs to seek help at the right time.

Here are some of the early symptoms of Breast Cancer.

1- Lumps or a Mass:  

One of the most communal symptoms of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A hard mass that is painless, and has asymmetrical edges is more likely to be cancer. However, it can be painful. It is vital to get it checked it by a professional.

2- Nipple Discharge:  

Nipple discharge is also one of the symptoms of breast cancer, unless you are lactating.

3- Rash or Irritation:  

Other symptoms include swelling, nipple discharge. There might also be a rash or skin dimpling, irritation, or redness. If you feel like any of the symptoms, it is better to consult your health care provider and rule out any possibilities of breast cancer.

Prevention:  

Cancer is something serious and should not be taken lightly. If in doubt, it is always wise to seek professional assistance.

1- Mammography & Regular Screenings: 

You can always go for a mammography just to be sure and put your mind at peace. Don’t hesitate to visit your doctor and get regular screenings. It isn’t something to be ashamed of. Your health always comes first. There can be a lot of stress attached to it of course but it is also very crucial.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking precaution and being safe. Regular checkups are the best way to make sure you are your healthiest self.

2- Go for Safer, Non Hormonal Birth Control Options: 

If you can, consider opting for non-hormonal birth control options. Discuss your birth control options with your healthcare provider and see what suits you the best and your needs. Post-Menopausal hormones aren’t supposed to be taken for a longer period of time. The best way to understand the risk factors, do consult your healthcare provider.

3- Maintaining a Healthy Weight: 

Maintaining a healthy weight also helps to lower down the risk of cancer. While the effects of healthy eating and maintaining your BMI weight on breast cancer are unclear but, a healthy weight can surely reduce the risk. Exercise and stay in shape. Exercising builds up stamina and increases life expectancy. The healthier you are, the lower are your risks of catching a terminal disease.

4- Switch to Organic Food:

Consumes fruits and vegetables daily and prefer going organic. Avoid processed food which is one of the leading causes of cancer.

Breast cancer has been on a rise, so it is vital to keep a check and spread awareness regarding it. Treatment on the right time can save lives. Through awareness, we can win the fight against breast cancer. If you experience any of the above signs of breast cancer, then feel free to consult your doctor. You can also book an appointment with a top Gynecologist in Islamabad, Karachi and Peshawar through oladoc.com, or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your breast-related concerns

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Zahra Shah - Author Dr Zara attained her Bachelor of Medicine ,Bachelor of Surgery Degree from the Dow university of health Sciences and subsequently went on to qualify as a Specialist dermatologist accredited by the Specialist Accreditation Board, United Kingdom. Her rapport with her patients, medical knowledge and surgical expertise contribute to Dr Zara’s popularity with patients in both medical and cosmetic dermatology.
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