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Breast Pain or Lump: Is it Cancer?
A sharp pain in your breast, possibly with some tenderness, can be scary. It may have you wondering if it could be something serious.A breast lump is often the thing women — and even men — notice that spurs a visit to their doctors. While early stage breast cancer shows no symptoms, timely detection can turn breast cancer into a survivor’s tale.This slideshow covers signs, symptoms, and types of breast cancer. Click through to learn important information you should know.
Causes of Pain & Tenderness
a side effect of some birth control pills
a bra that doesn’t fit
fibrocystic breast disease
fibroadenoma (noncancerous tumor)
fat necrosis (damaged tissue)
With fat necrosis, the mass cannot be distinguished from a cancerous lump without a biopsy. Tests for breast cancer are explained later.
Signs of Breast Cancer
enlargement of one breast
dimpling of the breast surface
an “orange peel” texture to the skin
unintentional weight loss
enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit
visible veins on the breast
If you experience any of those symptoms, you should see your doctor. Breast exams are covered on the next page.
Biopsy: removal of a small amount of breast tissue for testing
Ultrasound: use of ultrasonic sound waves to produce an image of the tissue
MRI: Normally used in conjunction with other tests, magnetic resonance imaging is another noninvasive way to examine breast tissue
Types of Breast Cancer
Invasive (infiltrating): cancer cells have spread to surrounding tissues (Stages I-IV)
The tissue affected determines the type of cancer:Ductal carcinoma: cancer forms in the lining of the milk ducts (most common)
Lobular carcinoma: cancer in the lobules of the breast where milk is produced
Sarcoma: cancer in the breast’s connective tissue (rare)
Genes and Hormones Affect Cancer Growth
Like genes, hormones can also speed up the growth of some types of breast cancers that have hormone receptors.Estrogen receptor positive: this cancer uses estrogen to grow
Progesterone receptor positive: this cancer is fueled by progesterone
Hormone receptor negative: doesn’t use hormones as fuel (no hormone receptors)
Lumpectomy: removes the tumor while leaving the breast intact
Chemotherapy: the most common cancer treatment, chemotherapy uses anticancer drugs to interfere with cells’ ability to reproduce
Radiation: another standard in the fight against cancer, radiation uses X-rays to directly treat cancer
Hormone & Targeted Therapy: used when either genes or hormones play a part in the cancer’s growth
Staying Ahead of Breast Cancer
Stage 4 Breast Cancer: Understand Your Treatment Options
14 Inspiring Breast Cancer Quotes
Written by Rachael Maier
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a life-changing experience. It can be hard to handle the news at first, and even harder to know how to proceed, no matter your prognosis.
While everyone’s journey is unique, knowing that others before you have been through something similar can give you the strength and inspiration you need to keep everything in perspective.
Click through the slideshow for the type of wisdom gained from great personal struggle, and know that you’re not alone.
If YOU want to follow my fight against Cancer from when it started and I first presented with symptoms in 1998 see The TAB at the Header of this Blog. called >DIARY of Cancer ….< just click and it will give you a long list of the main events in chronological order, many linked to specific blog postings.
Thoughts, articles and comments will be in chronological order in the main blog and can be tracked in the >ARCHIVE< in the Left Sidebar.
You may find the TABS >MEDICAL LINKS< and also >CANCER LINKS< of help, also many of the links in articles and >HOT LINKS< in the Sidebar.
YOU are welcome to call me, minded that I am NOT medically trained, if you believe I can help in ANY way. .
Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins