According to statistical data, breast cancer is on the top of the list of most common diseases. Even 1 out of 8 women and thousands men in America are affected by this life-threatening medical issue.
According to American Cancer Society, by the end of 2016 in America, about 246 600 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women will be diagnosed, while for 40 450 women this illness will end fatal.
Experts say that this type of cancer is the major cause of death among Hispanic women and second most common cause of death among women in Asia and Caucasia.
Breast cancer occurs when there is uncontrollable grow of breast cells, which after certain period of time tend to form tumors. At most patients, these tumors can be felt as a lump.
When it comes to early detection of cancer, it is of utmost importance to recognize the early warning signs of breast cancer. Below we have listed 5 signs, which usually are neglected and are not much exposed in the media.
- Persistent cough
Dry and persistent cough, sore throat and shortness of breath can be a warning sign that cancer cells have spread to the lung. Experts explain that this condition also is known as secondary breast cancer and even 60-70% of women who become terminally ill have it.
Many patients did not pay some particular attention to these symptoms as they actually mimic the common cold and flu. At some patients the cancer cells irritate the lining around the lungs called pleura, which causes fluid buildup and difficulties with breathing.
At some patients, chest pain and hoarse throat occur. If you experience such symptoms and they last longer than several weeks, consult with doctor immediately!
- A new mole/ Change in an existing mole
Although moles most commonly are linked to substantially higher risk of skin cancer, they also may be related to breast cancer. Recent study in which were included 89 902 women at the age between 40-65 years, their medical records during a period of 18 years were recorded and the results showed that 5956 of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer.
Researchers have discovered that women with highest number of moles had even 13% increased risk of breast cancer unlike women who had no moles. Therefore, in case you notice a new mole or some change in an already existing mole, you should consult a doctor immediately!
One of the most common symptoms at breast cancer patients is fatigue. Still, at some cases, this medical condition can be present before the cancer is diagnosed. As experts explain, fatigue caused by cancer cannot be reduced by rest or sleep. Such type of fatigue is quite severe and is accompanied with high levels of distress.
Namely, fatigue which is related to cancer most commonly is followed by other symptoms such as sleep disturbance, depression and pain. As experts explain, this type of fatigue is caused by chemical imbalance in the body, which in fact is created by cancer.
- Digestive problems
Constipation, tenderness, bladder incontinence, and abdominal bloating also are quite common signs of breast cancer. Breast cancer causes hormonal changes which furthermore have negative impact on the digestion and organ function.
Doctors say that some patients have faced with loss of bladder control when sneezing, coughing or laughing, while others felt sudden need to urinate. Cancer usually causes harm your hormones and puts stress on your body, thus upsetting the digestive system.
Symptoms that indicate that something unusual is happening in your body are loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, abdominal or pelvic pain, swelling in the abdominal area and changes in bowel habits. In case you experience some of the above mentioned symptoms, visit doctor in order to take laboratory tests.
- Back pain
An early sign of breast cancer is upper back pain. Still, it does not mean that every occasional bout of soreness or back pain is indication that something is happening in your body. It is important to mention that chronic back pain that does not relent with chiropractic, stretching or any other means, may be indication of development of breast cancer tumors.
At some patients, when tumors are developing in breasts, they actually put pressure on the ribs and spine and that furthermore leads to new and persistent pain. Experts advise you to pay special attention to the changes that occur in your upper back, spinal column and even your neck.
Visit a doctor immediately in case you notice that the pain you are experiencing is marked by pressure from a possible internal growth and is unusually pronounces. Some of the most common signs of of breast cancer are upset stomach, lymph nodes in the armpit, heartburn, difficulty eating and menstrual changes are, which often are overlooked. Women should check their breasts on regular basis, after each menstrual cycle and see if there is any swelling, nipple discharge, hard knots or lumps.
Don’t just look for a breast lump
Most commonly, doctors are identifying lumps in the breast in order to determine if there is breast cancer in women. Usually, this is done with mammogram x-rays. But, if we take under consideration the fact that mammograms send ionizing radiation into breast tissue, they may be a potential cause of cancer. And, according to some experts, this method is not 100% accurate.
The lumps and masses in breast tissue may be malignant which are harmful or benign which are harmless. The mammograms do not make difference between these two which and often the results provide false diagnoses and unnecessary treatments with radiation or even chemotherapy.
Therefore, in case you decide to undergo routine cancer screenings, keep in mind that thermography is much better option. Thermography is method which provides the doctors to look for unusual growths of lumps, but also can identify if angiogenesis is taking place in the breast tissue. When it comes to breast cancer we can say that it is a much accurate indicator.
Nutrient deficiency and breast cancer
Those individuals who do not take enough nutrients such as iodine and vitamin D are at substantially increased risk of developing breast cancer. Almost 75% of the adults are suffering from iodine deficiency, which is proved to ward off cancer cells in the breast and other parts in the body.
According to some experts, Vitamin D is considered as another risk factor for developing breast cancer. Back in 2012, Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism published a study which proved that women who have breast cancer also have low levels of vitamin D.