On average, about 40% of women discover lumps in their breasts. It is important to see your doctor if you notice any nodules or other anomalies in your chest.
My life was shattering when my sister, a healthy Indian Air Force officer, had breast cancer at the age of 29. She had a perfectly simple lifestyle that involved many physical activities and no signs of smoking and obesity, we thought, was "why she"? She led a healthy life; She ate a lot, had fun with her friends and served the nation. And suddenly, on an "ugly" day, she was diagnosed with breast cancer! During her treatment and diagnosis, she was told that her cancer type was lifestyle-transmitted cancer. She kept wondering what was going on with her to go through all this. However, given the rising cancer rates in young women, it has been difficult to pinpoint exactly what went wrong where. The only salvation here was the early detection and the investigation of the self-breast cancer. My sister is now a cancer survivor and provides regular check-ups for a cancer-free life every three months.
Dr. Pawan Gupta, Deputy Director, Surgical Oncology, Jaypee Hospital, states, "It is normal for women to have lumps in their breasts. One should know the difference between malignant and non-malignant patients. Most cases in India are only diagnosed at the fourth stage. The last stage of cancer means that cancer has spread throughout the body.
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Early detection can save lives own body so that they can seek medical advice at the right time to overcome their illness. Have you ever heard of simple methods for detecting breast cancer at home? Here is the self-examination with 3 minutes and 3 fingers once in 30 days:
- 3 steps: Look, Feel and Check
- 3 fingers: You feel your breast with 3 fingers
- 30 days : It is essential to do a self-test once a month.
Most breast cancers are diagnosed by the lady herself. The 3-minute 3-finger examination helps every woman to check the changes in her breasts herself.
Changes you need to watch out for
Watch out for the following symptoms:
- Visible or a feeling of lumps in the breasts
- Irritation of the skin around the breasts
- Pain in the nipple  Scaling of the nipple skin
- White discharge from nipples other than milk. Stains on the bra are signs of discharge from the nipples.
- If symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately. One symptom is enough for breast cancer. Also read: World Thyroid Cancer Day 2019: Here you will find everything you need to know about the growth of abnormal cells.
Breast cancer risk factors
This breast cancer risk is as follows:
- With increasing age of women
- Inherited genetic mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2
- Women with dense breast tissue
- Breast cancer cases in the family, including Mother or Sisters
- Minor risk factors for breast cancer are when the woman:
- had no biological children
- had her first child after the age of 30
- never breastfed a child
- after menopause 55 years of age
- she had the first time before the age of 12
- Weight gain after menopause
- Maintaining a sedentary lifestyle
- Cigarette smoking
- Alcohol consumption
Can breast cancer be prevented?
There is no definitive preventive measure, but increased weight, lack of physical activity, and an unhealthy lifestyle make women vulnerable to lifestyle illnesses. Several studies show that a diet rich in vegetables, poultry and dairy products helps to reduce breast cancer risk. Listed below are some of the factors that may decrease the likelihood of breast cancer:
- Physical activity and exercise
- Check for sudden weight gain and weight loss
- Alcohol consumption
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Written by: Vani Malik
Source: Onlymyhealth Editorial Staff 03. July 2019