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June 26th, 2017

Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any cancer except lung cancer. Although the main cause of breast cancer is still unknown but different factors can become the cause. The risk factors that can trigger the disease are sex, age, childbearing, hormones, a high-fat diet, alcohol intake, obesity, and environmental factors such as tobacco use and radiation. Hereditary factors also play a role, but research is still on its way to find the cause of breast cancer. In the last few years, the death rate graph declines due to availability of the most advanced surgical and medical techniques.
A typical sort of lump is the first apparent symptom of breast cancer. This lump appears quite different from the surrounding breast tissue. This lump is palpable by hand and can be visualized by mammogram. This lump can be found in the breast, in the armpit or under the collar bone. Other apparent indications of breast cancer are changes in breast size or shape, skin dimpling, nipple inversion, or spontaneous any sort of discharge. These all appear along with each other or single finding will leads to diagnosis. Pain may or may not associate any symptom.
If the lump gets infected due to any reason then there is pain, redness and swelling throughout the breast and the skin appears like an orange peel. In advance stages of the disease it can spread to different organs like bone, liver, lung and brain.
Self examination or by the doctor can simply help in finding the lump. But all lumps are not always cancerous. To rule out the danger different screening methods had been in use. X-ray mammography, MRI and CT scan can help in localizing the lesion.
After localizing the lesion and accessing the stage of the disease surgery is the first line of treatment followed by treatment including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and immune therapy.  The treatment is according the stage of the disease.

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