Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 508,000 women died of breast cancer in 2011.
Most people know the symptoms of breast cancer are just lumps, but there are many other symptoms. Chest pain is a symptom of breast cancer, but it is not a sure sign and is not specific for breast cancer.
Chest pain can also be caused by problems in the heart, lungs, chest muscles, ribs, and esophagus. Likewise with breast pain, can be caused by hormonal factors just before menstruation, pregnancy, or breast infection.
In essence, the symptoms of breast cancer can vary from person to person. In fact, it can not have any symptoms. Here are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer that must be aware of:
- Lump in the breast or armpit
- Breast swelling
- Redness in breast nipples
- Pain in the breast or nipple
- Fluid from the nipple other than breast milk, and fluid can be mixed with blood
- Changes in breast skin color
- Breasts enlarged or changed shape
About 5-10% of breast cancer cases are related to genetic factors. That is, someone whose family member has breast cancer will be at high risk for developing breast cancer later in life.
Therefore, every woman should do breast self-examination (check her own breasts) every month. This examination can be done 7-10 days after the first day of menstruation …
Don’t get breast cancer diagnosed too late. The faster it is detected, the higher the life expectancy. Get tested before it’s too late.