By the end of 2016 about 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in American women. About 40,450 women will die from breast cancer. This is one of the most common cancer types among women. Breast cancer awareness is now far beyond knowing the statistics. The word is about active prevention, being able to recognize signs and symptoms of breast cancer, hopefully catching it early on if it develops.
THE FOLLOWING FIVE WARNING SIGNS OF BREAST CANCER ARE ONES THAT MANY WOMEN TEND TO SHRUG OFF, BUT RECOGNIZING THEM MAY BE VITAL TO SAVING YOUR LIFE.
1. A NEW MOLE / CHANGE IN AN EXISTING MOLE
Moles are more commonly associated with a higher risk of skin cancer. Also they may be linked to breast cancer. Researchers followed 89,902 women ages 40-65 years old; noted their medical records over a period of 18 years. Number of moles each woman had was documented at the beginning of study. But during the study, 5,956 of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Women that had the most moles out of the group had a 13% higher risk of breast cancer than women without moles.
2. A COUGH OR HOARSE THROAT THAT WON’T SUBSIDE
A cancer starts in one area and it is known as primary cancer. Later if some cancer cells break away from that primary and move on to another part of the body form other tumor, called secondary cancer. Breast cancer can spread to the lungs which can be detected by a prolonged cough or hoarseness. 60-70% of women who become terminally ill from breast cancer have spreads to the lungs.The most common signs are shortness of breath and dry cough.
3. CHANGES IN THE BLADDER OR BOWELS
Breast cancer cause hormonal changes which dry out urethra, and make difficult to control the bladder,known as incontinence, and common signs include leaking urine during activities (coughing, laughing, experiencing sudden sneezing or exercising,and urgent needs to urinate, and urination that takes longer than usual).
Fatigue is a common symptom in breast cancer, and also often present before diagnosis. Fatigue from cancer is not alleviated by sleep or rest, but typically very severe; often associated with high levels of distress, unrelated to amount of exertion. It is often accompanied by other symptoms: pain, sleep disturbance and depression. Researchers believe fatigue is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the body that cancer creates.
5. UNEXPLAINED BACK PAIN
Back pain is a common medical problem . 8 out of 10 people will experience it. Back pain also may be a sign of forming breast cancer. Back pain associated with breast cancer feel like pressure on the ribs or spine, or pain in upper back which feels like coming from the bones.