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Breast Cancer Types & Warning Signs

Breast Cancer is the most common type of cancer that has plagued the lives of millions of women around the world. According to the WHO, in the year 2020 alone, more than 2 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer, out of whom more that 6,85,000 succumbed to the disease.  As October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month around the world, let us understand what the causes are, signs and treatment options for the disease as early detection can help save millions of lives.

What Is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is formed in some cells of the breasts which begin to grow abnormally unlike healthy cells do and continue to accumulate, forming a lump-like mass. It can occur in women and rarely in men. You are advised to reach out to your nearest doctors if you find any symptoms of breast cancer.

2 Types Of Breast Cancer

1. Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Cancer cells begin in the ducts and then grow outside the ducts, into other parts of the breast tissue. Invasive cancer cells can proactively spread to other parts of the body. 2. Invasive Lobular Carcinoma These cancer cells are detected in the lobules and then spread from the lobules to the breast tissues. These invasive cancer cells can also proactively spread to other parts of the body.

8 Warning Signs Of Breast Cancer

1. Lump in the breast or armpit 2. Swelling of part of the breast 3. Irritation or dimpling of breast skin 4. Flaky skin in the nipple area 5. Intense pain in the nipple area 6. The nipple can discharge blood 7. Breast size change 8. Pain in any area of the breast

* These symptoms can vary from one condition to another which may not be cancer. Make sure to get tested by a doctor first.

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