Breast cancer is a disease classified by the breast cells growing abnormally and out of control. It can begin anywhere in the breast and may eventually travel through the blood vessels and lymph nodes to other parts of the body.
Breast Cancer Risk Factors:
- Being a woman
- Inherited genes
- Family history
- Dense breasts
When breast cancer is left unnoticed or untreated, the risk increases exponentially. Most women and men believe that a breast lump or mass is the only sign of breast cancer, but that is not always the case.
Some people may not experience any symptoms at all, which is why the American Cancer Society recommends that women who are 45-54 years of age should get a mammogram every year.
What are the early warning signs of breast cancer?
Breast cancer symptoms vary depending on the individual. Some early warning signs of breast cancer are:
Lumps: New lumps that form inside the breast or underarm area may feel rounded, soft and tender.
Skin dimpling: Cancer cells can build up lymph fluid in the breast that can lead to swelling or dimpling of the skin.
Nipple inversion: Nipple inversion or retraction is when the nipple turns inwards or becomes inverted. This is a result of the breast cancer cells causing cell changes behind the nipple.
Nipple discharge: Nipple discharge may appear thin or thick and can range in color. Nipple discharge can be common for breast infections, side effects of birth control pills, certain medications and more, but it is important to take precautions and see your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any type of nipple discharge.
General pain: Changes in the skin cells can lead to feelings of pain, tenderness and discomfort in the breast.
Redness and swelling: Breast cancer can cause many changes to the skin that can make it appear reddish or discolored. Swelling is also another early sign of breast cancer which can also lead to discomfort of the surrounding skin as it is being stretched by the swollen breast.
Women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month to get familiar with how breasts look and feel. They should alert their healthcare professional if they notice any changes.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation has provided 3 Steps to Early Detection that can increase the chance of finding breast cancer before it spreads, which can be viewed here: National Breast Cancer Self-Exam.
At UNIFONTIS, we treat breast cancer through all stages using a combination of vaccine therapy, hyperthermia, and aspirin infusion. To schedule a consultation with the medical director at UNIFONTIS, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.