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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Breast Cancer – Just Bare It!

Kylie Minogue suffered from it. Shaft star Richard Roundtree is the proof that breast cancer can affect men too. Recent data shows breast cancer to be the commonest cancer to affect Indian Women. Just look at here for advises on preventive measures that help you to check out the situations.

Breast cancer is one of the commonest cancers affecting females. The peak incidence of the disease is seen in the fifth and sixth decades. But in India women in forties are affected with the disease, probably because of shorter longevity in Indian females. It is important to keep yourself aware of the symptoms and causes that could lead to breast cancer, which if not detected well in time, could even prove fatal.

Symptoms:

Early breast cancer usually does not cause pain. In fact, when it first develops, breast caner may cause no symptoms at all. But as the cancer grows, it can cause these changes.

• A lump or thickening in the breast or armpit
• Change in the size or shape of the breast
• Discharge from the nipple
• Change in the colour or texture of the skin of the breast or areola (such as dimpling, puckling, or sealiness)

Causes:

No one knows exactly why a normal breast cell becomes a cancerous one and there is probably no single cause.

It is thought, however, that breast cancer results from a combination of risk factors. Talk to your doctor or other health care professional about caner prevention methods that might help you.

Go for Self-Exam:

• Start by looking closely at your breasts. Disrobe and stand in front of mirror with your arms at your sides. While facing forward and turning from side to side, look for puckering, dimpling or changes in size, shape or symmetry.

• Check to see if your nipples are turned in (inverted). Inspect your breasts with your arms in two other position: hands on your hips and hands raised overhead, palms pressed together.

• Perform the manual part of the exam in the shower or lying down with no shirt of bra on. If you choose the shower, lather your fingers and breasts with soap to help your fingers glide more smoothly over your wet skin. If you do the exam lying down, choose a bed or other flat surface to lie on.

• Move your hand over your breast using one of three techniques: the clock pattern or the wedge pattern. No matter which method you choose, be sure to check your nipple for any discharge. Do this by gently pinching the nipple with your fingers positioned at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock.

• Touching or gently pressing a breast lump may cause some discomfort. If you do detect any changes, such as a lump, thickening, asymmetry, dimpling, redness, nipple discharge or nipple inversion, see your doctor promptly.

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