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One of the best tools used to screen women to check for breast cancer is a mammogram. Women between the age of 40-44 should start getting annual breast cancer screening with mammograms. Women between the age of 45 – 54 are advised to do a mammogram once a year.
Breast cancer comes with its own set of symptoms just like any other disease. The 5 signs that one can watch out for are: – A new lump in the breast or the underarm area – Thickening or swelling in parts of the breast – Redness or flaky skin around the nipple – Nipple discharge with blood – Pain in the nipple area
There are two categories of breast cancer that are invasive and non-invasive. Under these categories, there are 4 types of breast cancer. Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) Lobular Carcinoma In Situ (LCIS) Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC)
Treatments generally depend on the type of cancer and the stage of cancer you are in, which will be diagnosed by the doctor. Most common treatments for breast cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and radiation therapy.
Small lifestyle changes impact our everyday health in great ways. – Limiting alcohol consumption – Avoiding smoking – Keeping your weight in check – Remaining physically active – Breastfeeding your child – Avoiding exposure to radiation and environmental pollution – Limited dose and duration of hormone therapy
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