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Symptoms & Causes of Breast Cancer

Symptoms & Causes of Breast Cancer
Ayush Henry

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. It begins when cells present in the breast begins to grow exponentially. These out of control cells can usually be felt as a lump (tumor) that can be confirmed by an x-ray report. The tumor can be cancerous if surrounding cells are also affected and starts spreading to various parts of the body. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, although male breast cancer is quite rare.

Currently about 1 in every 8 women in U.S. can develop breast cancer in her course of lifetime. It is best to catch early symptoms and meet the medical attention.

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Symptoms & Causes Of Breast Cancer
  • A visible lump in breast or a lump within that can be felt by touching.
  • Redness of the breast skin similar to orange skin.
  • Rash on or around any of the nipple.
  • Pain on the breast or in the armpit that doesn’t relate with mestural period.
  • Change in size or shape of the breast.
  • Change in the appearance of nipple. It may look inverted or sunken.
  • Discharge from any of the nipple. The discharge may contain blood sometimes.
  • Flakey breast or nipple skin.
  • Swelling in the armpit.

Causes of Breast Cancer

Though the cause of breast cancer is still not sure, still the main causes of breast cancer are:

  • Genetics: If any close relative has/had cancer. Then it is likely to develop.
  • Ageing: Getting older increases the risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Breast lump: Any kind of breast lump can develop into cancer later on.
  • History: A non-invasive cancer in the past can develop into breast cancer again.
  • Dense tissues: Dense breast tissues increase the chances of developing breast cancer.

Other causes include:

  • Obesity
  • Estrogen Exposure
  • High alcohol consumption and
  • Radiation Exposure

It is always better to be aware of causes and start working on it. Change in lifestyle, healthy eating habits and physical fitness can significantly reduce the chances of development of breast cancer.

Helpful Products for Breast Cancer Patients

For women who have undergone mastectomy or lumpectomy surgical procedure, there are a number of products available like mastectomy bras, matectomy breast forms, lumpectomy breast forms, etc. that can ease day to day living.



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Ayush Henry, has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2016. He holds an MBA in hospitality and a MA in English. A professional HR soft skills trainer and copywriter, he ...

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