According to the scientists at the American Cancer Society by the end of 2016 there will be diagnosed about 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer among the women in the U.S. and about 40,450 of them will be most likely to die from the disease. Considering this the breast cancer is one of the most commonly developed cancer type in women. In other words, invasive breast cancer will probably be developed in 1 of 8 American women during their lifetime.
The awareness of breast cancer is actually far beyond knowing the statistics. So, you should be active in the prevention of cancer development and also being capable to recognize the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. If you know how to recognize these cancer symptoms in its early stage the treatment will be much easier and more effective.
Unfortunately, most women ignore the following five signs of breast cancer, so don’t ignore them because they are able to save your life:
1. A new mole or change in an existing mole
Although moles are most commonly associated with an increased skin cancer risk, they can also sometimes be related to breast cancer. It was confirmed by a study, which followed 89,902 women about the age of 40-65, and their medical records that were carried out over 18 years. Moreover, each mole the participants had was recorded and astonishing number of 5,956 women were diagnosed with breast cancer.
The researchers that carried out the study concluded that women who had the greatest number of moles out of the group also had a 13% increased breast cancer risk than women who didn’t have any moles. Therefore, it can be of a great importance to visit your doctor if you notice a new mole or any change in an existing mole.
2. A constant cough or hoarse throat
First of all, you should know that a cancer that is firstly developed in one area is called the primary cancer and if the cancer cells move on to another body part, they actually form another tumour, i.e., secondary cancer. Now you may wonder why we are speaking about this – we just want to explain you that breast cancer can spread to your lungs. Therefore, the prolonged cough or hoarseness are the symptoms of this type of cancer.
In addition, the cancer usually spreads to the lungs in 60-70% of women who suffer from late stage of breast cancer. Also, you should know that the most common symptoms of this cancer may be dry cough and shortness of breath.
3. Bladder or bowel changes
Breast cancer can also lead to certain hormonal changes that usually dry out the urethra. In such a case, it will be difficult for you to control the bladder, i.e., it is known as incontinence. In addition, if you leak urine while laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exercising, or you experience sudden and urgent needs to urinate, as well as longer urination than usual may be signs of this cancer type. Therefore you should visit your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms.
Fatigue can be the most commonly experienced symptom in breast cancer patients. Actually, fatigue is also experienced before the diagnosis. To explain you more deeply, this is a different type of fatigue and you cannot relieve it by sleeping or resting. Or it can be sometimes severe and accompanied with high distress levels, unrelated to amount of exertion. Moreover, it is often accompanied with sleep disturbance, pain, and depression, as well. A lot of experts explained that this fatigue is experienced as a result of body chemicals imbalance created by the cancer.
5. Back pain without any evident reason
Many people experience this type of pain, for instance 8 of 10 people experience it during their lifetime. But, in some cases, this type of back pain can be an indicator that the tumours of breast cancer are being formed within a body. To explain you in detail, when you experience this pain, you can actually feel something like pressure on the ribs and the spine, or in some cases upper back pain that feels like it comes from the bones. So, if you experience such a pain, visit your doctor immediately, because it can also be a symptom that the cancer has spread to your spine.