Am I at Risk of Breast Cancer? - PathSOS
According to the World Health Organization, Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women and has become the leading cause of mortality amongst women globally. The incidence of breast cancer is rising sharply in developing countries due to changes in reproductive factors, increasing urbanization, adoption of western lifestyles, and increased life expectancy. Thirty percent of the breast cancers in India are in the second or third decade of life and they are resistant to the conventional mode of therapies.
Breast cancer starts when abnormal cells lining the breast grow in an uncontrolled way. This cancerous tumor is a mass of cells that usually felt as a lump that destroys nearby tissue.
TYPES OF BREAST CANCER
Ductal Carcinoma- The abnormal cells lining the milk ducts that carry milk from the lobules of the breast to the nipple. The texture of the tumor is hard.
Lobular Carcinoma- It begins in the cells that line the lobules (milk glands) of the breast. They are slightly firm or hard tumor texture.
Invasive Breast Cancer- It has spread outside the lining of the ducts or lobes into the nearby breast tissue through the bloodstream and lymph nodes.
SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER
Breast cancer can have a number of symptoms, but the first noticeable symptom often appears when a tumor grows large enough to be felt as a lump in the breast or when cancer spreads to surrounding tissues and organs. Most breast changes are not cancerous however it's always best to have them checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.
Breast cancer symptoms -
• Sudden nipple discharge with the blood streak
• A lump or swelling like a hard knot in either of your armpits
• A change in skin texture of your breast such as dimpling or puckering swollen breast with or without a rash on or around your nipple
• Change in the appearance of your nipple, such as inverted nipple
• Persistent pain in your breast or your armpit
BREAST CANCER SCREENING
Screening tests help find breast cancer before any symptoms develop.
Mammographic screening: It is the best tool for doctors to screen healthy women for an early breast lesion however in some cases mammogram might fail to detect some breast cancers.
Breast ultrasound: Breast Ultrasound is useful because it can determine whether a new breast lump is a solid mass or a fluid-filled cyst.
Biopsy: Biopsy is the only confirmative way to make a diagnosis of breast cancer. During the biopsy, a small sample of breast tissue is sent for laboratory testing where experts determine whether the cells are cancerous or not.
Reasons for seeking a Second Opinion
Cancer is a serious disease and its care requires a collaborative approach. Nowadays getting a second opinion is considered an essential and necessary component of one’s health care plan to feel more confirm about your diagnosis and treatment plan.
• Diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.
• Unclear test results about the type and location of the cancer
• You want to hear from experts for best treatment approaches
• To help you get a better hold on your condition and give you peace of mind
• You want different views about how to best manage cancer.
At PathSOS we strive to give the most accurate diagnosis that our patients can trust and doctors can have confidence in our guiding vision is giving cancer patients a better chance at the cure by providing world-class online second opinion service at home.
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