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HEALTH - Early detection of Breast cancer
 
Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst women. The warning symptoms of breast cancer are different for different persons. Some people do not have any signs at all.

According to the American Cancer Society, any of the following unusual changes in the breast can be a symptom of breast cancer:

• swelling of all or part of the breast
• skin irritation or dimpling
• breast pain
• nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
• redness, or flaky skin, or thickening of the nipple
• a nipple discharge other than breast milk
• a lump in the underarm area
 
 

These changes also can be signs of an infection or a cyst. It’s important to get any breast changes checked out promptly by a doctor. Screening tests are a basic part of prevention medicine. All screening tests are commonly available through your general doctor.

Generally all women over age 20 should perform breast self-examination preferably at the time in their menstrual cycle.

 
 
All women over age 40 should have breast examinations by their doctors every year.

If any symptoms noticed after the age 40s, seek a specialist doctor’s advice and you may need a mammogram test. Mammograms can detect many small breast cancers long before they may be felt by breast examinations.

 
 

However there are differences of opinion about Mammograms like, "Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast cancer and raise the risk of spreading or metastasize an existing growth," says Dr. Charles B. Simone, a former clinical associate in immunology and pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute.

All women over age 50 should have a mammogram test every year.

……."Early detection is the key," "And if I hadn't found my lump early, I don't know what would have been. I am still here and I want to encourage women to do that on a regular basis."….. Olivia Newton-John

 
 
 
 
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