As women, and certainly as mothers, it is vital to understand early detection signs of breast cancer. Many women only feel concern if they find a lump in their chest but there are five other signs you should be aware of.
Women with a significant number of moles on their skin are 13% more at risk than women with fewer moles to develop breast cancer. It does not matter where the mole is located on your body. If you see any mole with obvious changes in appearance, start talking to your doctor.
In the same vein, if you see a brand new mole, you may want to make your doctor aware. Your doctor will help determine whether or not this is an early sign of cancer. You know your body best – no one can look out for this symptom better than you. The next sign is very easy to ignore, so, read on.
The location of breast cancer unfortunately is convenient for the cancer to spread to the lungs. When this happens, a woman could develop a persistent cough or a hoarse throat. If you have no accompanying symptoms like a fever, runny nose, fatigue, etc, to justify believing you have a cold or a virus, you may want to consult your doctor.
60-70% of cancer metastasizes to the lungs resulting in a nagging cough and even shortness of breath. If you, or someone you know, have/has a cough which cannot be cured over a period of time stretching beyond that of a common cold, please check it out.
Cancer effects the hormones which sometimes can result in a dry urethra and incontinence. If you suddenly feel urine leaking with increasing frequency whenever you laugh or sneeze, you should definitely speak to your doctor.
Furthermore, if you’re experiencing the sort of urgency you feel when you have a bladder infection beyond the time those symptoms tend to last, this is another indicator of the sort of hormonal imbalance which can occur in the presence of cancer. Don’t panic if you do have a bladder infection that lasts a while, it’s most likely something benign but worth checking into further.
We have so many reasons to be tired, but if you are feeling an extreme level of fatigue, you should pay attention. While there are a number of conditions, including auto-immune disorders that could be causing this, it’s also a symptom of cancer.
Sometimes this fatigue is the result of the chemical imbalance cancer creates in the body. That fatigue sometimes develops into strange pains with no obvious origin. It can also bring on depression. Weird, unexplained pains are worth a trip to the doctor. The last symptom could go right over your head, so, do take note of this…
Oddly enough, breast cancer can be associated with back pain. Patients sometimes feel discomfort or soreness along the spine and in the rib cage which then spreads to the back. If there is no logical explanation for intense back pain, please, call your doctor.
The cases for breast cancer are anticipated to soar in numbers by the end of 2017 – the estimate for new cases this year is 252,710. If you experience any of the symptoms you’ve read about here then you should request a medical screening. It’s much better to be safe than sick.