Breast Cancer Facts, Myths, Detection, Examination & Prevention


Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, a newly inverted nipple, or a red or scaly patch of skin.

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Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

Our mission is to help those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. Here listed all blog cotnent provide by Dr Bhavna Parikh (Oncologist in Ahmedabad).

Facts About Breast Cancer

    • Breast cancer is the second leading cancer amongst women in India and gujarat.
      it is higher among urban urban women.
    • Breast cancer develops from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a milk duct or milk gland (lobule) in one of the breasts.
    • The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36.
    • Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment.
    • The following steps can help you stay well and improve your odds against breast cancer.
    • If you are 40 or older, get a mammogram and breast exam every year and report any breast changes to your doctor right away

How Breast Cancer occurs?

Breast cancer is always caused by a genetic abnormality (a “mistake” in the genetic material). However, only 5-10% of cancers are due to an abnormality inherited from your mother or father. Instead, 85-90% of breast cancers are due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and the “wear and tear” of life in general.

Myths About Breast Cancer

      • Both women and men get breast cancer. Older people are more likely to get breast cancer than younger people
        After gender (being female), age is the strongest risk factor for developing breast cancer – the older the person, the higher the risk. Around 81% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.
      • Most cases of breast cancer don’t run in the family
        Most cases of breast cancer happen by chance. Only around 5% of breast cancers are caused by inheriting an altered (faulty) gene.
      • Breast cancer can affect women, regardless of the size of their breasts
        Breast cancer can affect women with small breasts, medium breasts, large breasts – any size breasts. Breast size is irrelevant.

Benign (Non Cancerous) Lumps

Finding a lump in your breast doesn’t mean you have breast cancer

Comman benign causes of breast lumps

There are several benign (not cancer) conditions that can occur in the breast and may cause a lump. Also many women will experience lumpy breasts just before their period. This is a normal response to changing hormones and often the lump or lumpiness disappears after the period. However, if this doesn’t go away, it’s important to get it checked out by a doctor. Any new lump should always be assessed by a doctor, regardless of your age or whether you are still having periods or not.

Benign (Non Cancerous) Lumps Note

      • Most breast lumps are not cancerous
      • Most breast lumps are fluid filled cysts or fibroadenomas, which are benign
      • However, you should always see a doctor if a lump develops as the breast lump may be cancerous

Early Breast Cancer Detection

      • Mammogram: Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. While mammograms can miss some cancers, they are still a very good way to find breast cancer but chances are very less.
      • Modern mammogram equipment designed for breast x-rays uses very low levels of radiation, usually a dose of about 0.1 to 0.2 rads per picture (a rad is a measure of radiation dose).
      • Mammogram equipment is safe and uses the lowest dose of radiation possible. Many people are concerned about the exposure to x-rays, but the level of radiation used in modern mammograms does not significantly increase the risk for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer During Pregnancy

breast cancer during pregnancy

Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy may face tremendous additional strain due to concern for the safety of the unborn child.

Breast Cancer Self Examination Step by Step

Breast Cancer Self Examination Step 1

Breast Cancer Self Examination Step 1

Lie down and put your left arm under your head. Use your right hand to examine your left breast. With your 3 middle fingers flat, move gently in small circular motions over the entire breast, checking for any lump, hard knot, or thickening. Use different levels of pressure – light, medium and firm – over each area of your breast. Check the whole breast, from your collar bone above your breast down to the ribs below your breast. Switch arms and repeat on the other breast.

Breast Cancer Self Examination Step 2

Breast Cancer Self Examination Step 2

Look at your breasts while standing in front of a mirror with your hands on your hips. Look for lumps, new differences in size and shape, and swelling or dimpling of the skin.

Breast Cancer Self Examination Step 3

Breast Cancer Self Examination Step 3

Raise one arm, then the other, so you can check under your arms for lumps.

Breast Cancer Self Examination Step 4

Breast Cancer Self Examination Step 4

Squeeze the nipple of each breast gently between your thumb and index finger. Report to your healthcare provider right away any discharge or fluid from the nipples or any lumps or changes in your breast.

Breast Cancer Self Examination Video

Breast Cancer Prevention

        • You can help reduce your breast cancer risk by maintaining a healthy weight throughout life
        • Being physically active on a regular basis (at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week)
        • Maintaining a healthy weight, especially after the menopause
        • Not drinking alcohol limiting your intake of saturated fats.
        • Stop smoking


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