A new research recommends that women who are at high risk of breast cancer should consider more than just mammograms for early detection of cancer and treatment. The study conducted and published by the American Association for Cancer Research shows women with certain genes should be screened twice a year with MRIs.
The first symptom of breast cancer that most women notice is a lump in their breast.However, most breast lumps are not cancerous. As many as 90% of them are non-cancerous. But it is important to check them at an early stage so as to prevent cancerous growths.
Breast cancer recurrence is a major problem in women who have suffered with breast cancer. It may occur in the same or opposite breast or chest wall or any other organ. The treatment of recurrent breast cancer is often successful if it is detected early in the area of the breast where primary cancer had occurred.
The structure of women breasts creates a lumpy, uneven terrain. However, lump in a breast is a little different from this normal lumpy terrain. A lump can sometimes be a sign of breast cancer or any other serious complication. It is important to meet your doctor if you notice something unusual in a breast.
Survival rates with a cancer give an estimate about the percentage of people (with the same type and stage of cancer) still alive at a certain time (usually 5 years) after they were diagnosed with breast cancer or any other type of cancer. The estimate provides an understanding of the likelihood of a successful treatment.
Genetic testing gives women a chance to know if their breast cancer or family history of breast cancer is due to an inherited gene mutation. Most women however who get breast cancer do not have an inherited gene mutation.
There is no diet or food for breast cancer patients as such that can ensure complete prevention of the cancer. However, a person’s diet might help in providing better response during and after the treatment of the cancer. In a study of about 90,000 women, it was found that the risk of breast cancer was reduced by about 18% when a healthier diet was followed.
Breast pain is a common condition and is experienced by a majority of women at least once in their lifetime. It can be associated with many problems such as hormonal changes (such as menstruation), breast surgery in the past, injury to the breast, side effects of certain medications, etc.
Mastectomy is a surgical procedure that is done to treat breast cancer. In this procedure, the affected breast is removed. Sometimes other tissues near the breast are also removed. A mastectomy procedure is sometimes performed to prevent cancer from developing in women who are at a high risk for breast cancer.
Breast cancer stage is an easy and efficient way of knowing the extent of your breast cancer within the body. After the stage of the cancer is known, the doctor can plan the treatment that is most appropriate for your case. It is also an important factor in determining prognosis of the cancer. Prognosis of cancer is better for earlier stages of a cancer. Later or advanced stages do not have a good prognosis.