While serious, breast cancer is one of the most treatable cancers, especially when detected early. Knowing more about it can save your life, so read on to get more information on how to detect it as early as possible, and learn the necessary steps to improve your quality of life in the long term.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is a disease where cancer cells in the breast grow out of control. Like other forms of cancer, it occurs when your body's normal control mechanism stops working. Old cells don’t die and instead grow out of control, forming new but abnormal cells. More of a genetic trait, you are more likely to develop breast cancer if one or more women in your family have already had it.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include but are not limited to:
• A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
• Change in the size, shape, or appearance of a breast
• Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
• A newly inverted nipple
• Peeling, scaling, crusting, or flaking of the pigmented area of skin surrounding the nipple (areola) or breast skin
• Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange