Article published by : Max Health on Monday, September 24, 2012

Category : Breast Cancer

Read Further And Learn The Possible Signs And Symptoms Of Breast Cancer

The history of breast cancer stretches back many thousands of years, it could be impossible to identify exactly when was breast cancer initially discovered in society but it has been around a long time. The way the disease is treated as well as diagnosed has dramatically changed in that time as has our knowledge of medicine. Where once a radical mastectomy was the normal response in the history of breast cancer treatment we have cancer fighting drugs as well as gene therapies that can avoid the disease in people that have high risk factors like a family background of breast cancer. Thanks to this discovery breast cancer no longer has to be a scary death sentence, giving many thousands of women hope once again. Realizing that there are more options available should you be clinically determined to have breast cancer does not mean you must discard any potential signs and symptoms. It is still important to catch any signs and symptoms early so that you have the best possibility at being cured.

Women have grown up being told to check for lumps and abnormal shapes in their breasts, it seems just another part of life to check from time to time and make sure everything is alright, it's part of the dreaded visit to the gynecologist we endure every year as well. This is the most obvious symptom of breast cancer but it also happens to be one of the latest to show up, usually by the time you feel or notice a lump the cancer has been active for a while and may even have spread elsewhere. It is very important to look out for other signs and symptoms as well if you happen to be at risk of developing breast cancer. If you are diagnosed you could also look further into your family history of breast cancer icd9 codes and see what type specifically you are at risk for as many may even be benign.

Perhaps one of the lesser known signs and symptoms of breast cancer is itchy as well as rashy skin on the breast. Inflammatory breast cancer is less common but also easier to dismiss. The skin may become puckered or dimpled similar to orange peel as well as becoming red and scaly. There can also be some soreness which is similar to that felt during PMS, another thing that can easily be dismissed. The location of the problem could also mean its dismissal as mastitis or infection of the milk ducts. The trouble with inflammatory breast cancer is that it is only about 3% of all diagnoses and normally they come late since it may not be in conjunction with the feared "lump" showing up but a rash alone.

Another change that can be a sign of breast cancer is any changes in the nipple. Just beneath the nipple is one of the most common areas for breast cancer and any changes in the nipple could be resulting from that. For example if one nipple appears completely different - flat, inverted, or perhaps sticks up more, it may be a sign of something happening behind it. Probably the most common thing is a decrease in sensitivity, but this is so often disregarded since a lot of women experience changes in their sensitivity during the month that it would be hard to say this alone is a symptom.

Probably the most critical symptom is that you have a discharge from the nipple if you are not pregnant or even breastfeeding, if this is accompanied with scaly or inflamed nipple skin then you may have mastitis or it could indeed be something worse so it is important to get it checked out.


By: Max Health

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