In 2014, the World Health Organization stated that cancer rates will rise by 57% worldwide by 2034, boldly declaring that there will be an “imminent global cancer disaster” in the coming years. Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in United States, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Early detection for breast cancer is very important. The chances of detecting a cancer in an early stage will increase by using a thorough examination which includes a combination of mammography, breast thermography a non-radiation early detection option for women of all ages, clinical breast exam, and monthly breast self-examination.
Tell your doctor if you feel or see any unusual changes, like : A firm lump you’ve never felt before; swelling around your breast, collarbone, or armpit; dry, cracked, red, or thickened skin (like an orange peel) around your nipple; blood or fluid (besides milk) leaking from your nipples; warmth or itching in your breast.
It is recommended that annual screening mammography begin at the age of 40 along with a clinical breast exam. However, major health groups recommend them every 1 to 2 years for women 50 to 74. The risk for breast cancer goes up as women gets older. It is important to talk to your doctor about when you should start getting screening tests.
Promote breast health by considering doing regular breast self-exams. Knowing your normal helps you to know if your normal changes.
It helps to learn what’s normal and what’s not. Aside from that, consider all of the things that may put you at higher risk for breast cancer. Discuss to your doctor about it if you have a family history of the disease.
No matter your age, pay attention on what your breasts say about your health. It’s normal if : your breasts hurt or feel tender before and during your period; your breasts are slightly different sizes, one breast hangs slightly lower than the other; lumps (not a concern if symmetrical) and bumps throughout your menstrual cycle, caused by hormonal changes; inverted nipples are perfectly normal if they’ve always been that way; your breasts droop as you age, causing to form more of a teardrop shape.
“Lifelong good bra support is one of the few things women can do to fight the effects of gravity”, says breast surgeon Daniel Maman, MD, a plastic surgeon specializing in breast reconstruction and an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.