By Dr. Ashish Goel
- All breast lumps are not cancerous.
- Less than 5% breast cancers are related to your genes.
- If you have a lump in the breast; do not panic. But be alert and consult your doctor, preferably a surgeon.
- The risk of cancer would be higher for any women above forty years of age with a lump in the breast.
- Women less than forty years can also have cancer, so consultation is a must
- Breast Cancer if detected early; has high chances of cure.
- Treatment does not It is not always involve removal of whole breast by surgery.
- It is possible to conserve the breast, and still achieve cure in suitable patients.
Misconceptions about Breast Cancer
- Cancer spreads after needle biopsy or FNAC test
- Breast cancer is not curable
- In all breast cancers, the breast has to be removed
- All breast lumps are cancerous
- If a woman has breast cancer, her daughter surely will develop breast cancer in the future
Common symptoms of breast cancer
- Lump in Breast
- Swelling in armpit (Axillary Lump)
- Nipple retraction
- Skin dimpling
- Ulcer over breast
- Blood stained nipple discharge
Screening for Breast Cancer
Women with no family history of breast cancer:
- Screening is recommended annually in all women above 40 years of age.
- It is done by Mammography ( X ray) which helps in detecting cancer at an early stage even before a female develops symptoms.
- Early detection of breast cancer helps in complete cure and recovery from breast cancer
Women with family history of breast cancer:
- Annual clinical examination by a doctor (preferably a Surgeon) is suggested after the age of 25 years.
- Mammography is recommended annually in all women above 40 years of age.
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