Breast Cancer

Did you know that if middle aged women drink one glass of wine a day, it could double the risk of breast cancer?

First, let's find out how breast cancer begins. Cells in the body normally divide (reproduce) only when new cells are needed. Sometimes, cells in a part of the body grow and divide out of control, which creates a mass of tissue called a tumor. If the cells that are growing out of control are normal cells, the tumor is called benign (not cancerous). If however, the cells that are growing out of control are abnormal and don't function like the body's normal cells, the tumor is called malignant (cancerous).
Cancers are named after the part of the body from which they originate. Breast cancer originates in the breast tissue. Like other cancers, breast cancer can invade and grow into the tissue surrounding the breast. It can also travel to other parts of the body and form new tumors, a process called metastasis.
We do not know what causes breast cancer, although we do know that certain risk factors may put you at higher risk of developing it. A person's age, genetic factors, personal health history, and diet all contribute to breast cancer risk.
The symptoms of breast cancer include:
• Lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle.
• A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea.
• A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast.
• A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.
• A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed).
• Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.
• A change in shape or position of the nipple
• An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
A marble-like hardened area under the skin.

There is no cure for breast cancer; it can return at any time, even years later.

Some people never have a recurrence and after treatment live the rest of their long lives without being troubled by breast cancer again - although the worry is always there. But there are no guarantees and no doctor will ever tell someone who has had breast cancer that she or he is cancer-free, or all-clear.

A majority of recurrences happen within two years of treatment, and after 5 years you are considered statistically less likely to have a recurrence. But again, no guarantees.

In the US, an average of 112 women die from breast cancer every day; in the UK the average is 33 per day.Types-breast-cancer-picture.jpgbreast_cancer_awareness.jpg.png