Breast Cancer- A fatal illness
Coping with a breast cancer diagnosis is of utmost importance in our country. Just like any other cancer, breast cancer can be deadly too. Every case of breast cancer is considered fatal. A lot of women are completely clueless about the symptoms, predictions and effects of breast cancer.
Important guidelines on breast cancer:
As they say, precaution is better than cure, there are simple guidelines to understand about the seriousness of breast cancer.
Firstly, what is Breast Cancer?
It is the development of cancer in the breast tissues. Common signs include- Lumps, change in shape of breast, discharge of fluid from nipples and red scaly patches in breast.
How to get tested?
In India many a times, women are shy to discuss about breast cancer. It’s 2017 and clearly a high time for women to think again. To get tested for breast cancer, one needs to get mammogram. This is a kind of x-ray for breasts. Women aged between 30-50 are the most common age group for developing breast cancer.
Be aware if any of the following has happened with you-
- Delay in childbirth
- Increase in obesity
- Early menses and late menopause
- If any of your two or third degree relative is diagnosed with breast cancer
- If you consume more alcohol than the average range.
Precaution is always better than being late. In fact the best treatment in any cancer is early detection. We should be alarmed and well-informed about the symptoms. And breast cancer may transform a woman’s breast into a vehicle of her own death. However the most common tumour found in women, has seen a rapid progress in terms of early detection and treatment.
Every year around 11,500 women and 80 men die from breast cancer – that’s nearly 1,000 deaths each month. Due to the rapid research, things have changed and more than 80% of women with breast cancer are still alive five years after being diagnosed. But more than 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. With the amazing development and spread of mouth and awareness, we only hope women are more informed about the seriousness of breast cancer and its symptoms.