Breast cancer is the most common female cancer and one of the most common malignancies in general. It is estimated that during the lifetime of 80 years, one out of eight women will develop breast cancer.
Today, this disease can be successfully treated, especially if it’s detected at an early stage. Breast cancer is most often manifested as painless node in the breast. By detecting breast cancer at an earlier stage, healing possibilities are far greater. Breast cancer is a tumor that is characterized by a lack of early symptoms but here are the most common:
- Symptoms that may indicate breast cancer:
- Pain in the breast,
- A lump in the breast,
- Nipple discharge,
- Sensitivity of the breast,
- Nipple retraction,
- Cornification, thickening of the skin around nipples,
- Changing the shape of the breast,
- Redness of the skin of the breast,
- Swelling in or around your breast, collar bone, or armpit,
- Breast warmth and itching.
Women should do breast self-examination, ultrasound once a year, but after the age of 40 are advised to have mammograms once in 24 months, or more frequently as recommended by the physician. Treatment involves surgical treatment, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, biological therapy and numerous alternative ways of treatment. Statistics show that the best results are obtained with the combination of standard medical therapy procedures and alternative treatment, which includes adjustments in diet and the use of medicinal herbs.
The most common accommodation of cancer in the breast:
The outer upper quadrant of the breast – 50%
The central part of the breast – 20%
External lower quadrant – 10%
The upper inner quadrant – 10%
The lower inner quadrant – 10%