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magenx

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Breast cancer symptoms
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:50:34 PM »
The Symptoms include
1)Swelling of the breast or all parts
2)Skin irritation in the breast.
3)Nipple pain, Breast pain.
4)Inverted nipples.
5)Redness,thickening,scaly formation of the nipple.
6)Bloody or clear fluid(Nipple discharge),change in color.
7)A lump or armpit with lymph nodes

But in some cases the above symptoms may be a symptom of non-cancerous conditions like in an infectious cyst.But all these symptoms to be decided for a benign or malignant type of growth.

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Re: Breast cancer symptoms
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2012, 12:11:30 PM »
One of the earliest signs of breast cancer can be an abnormality that shows up on a mammogram before it can be felt. A lump in the breast, the most common sign of breast cancer; abnormal thickening of the breast; or a change in the shape or color of the breast. Finding a lump or change in your breast does not necessarily mean you have breast cancer. Additional changes that may also be signs of breast cancer include:

Any new, hard lump or thickening in any part of the breast

Change in breast size or shape

Dimpling or puckering of the skin

Swelling, redness or warmth that does not go away

Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle

Pulling in of the nipple

Nipple discharge that starts suddenly and appears only in one breast

An itchy, sore or scaling area on one nipple

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Re: Breast cancer symptoms
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2012, 12:14:22 PM »
How is breast cancer treated if it is detected at an early stages of development?How we can self examine the breast cancer?

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Re: Breast cancer symptoms
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2012, 12:19:18 PM »
If breast cancer is detected at an early stage of development, there are number of effective treatment options are available. A woman and her physician will choose the treatment that is right for her, based on the location and extent of the cancer, her age and preferences, and the risks and benefits of each treatment. The basic treatment choices for breast cancer are surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy. Local treatments such as breast surgery and radiation therapy are focused on the breast itself to remove or destroy the cancer cells confined to the breast. Systemic treatments such as chemotherapy and hormonal therapy aim to destroy the cancer cells that may have spread throughout the body.

Breast cancer cells can be estrogen receptor positive or estrogen receptor negative. Estrogen receptor positive cells are those that have a protein to which the hormone estrogen will bind. Cancer cells that are ER+ need estrogen to grow, and may stop growing when treated with hormones that block estrogen from binding.Estrogen receptor negative refers to cells that do not have a protein to which the hormone estrogen will bind. Cancer cells that are ER- do not need estrogen to grow, and usually do not stop growing when treated with hormones that block estrogen from binding.

Surgery has an important role in breast cancer treatment. Most women have the option to choose between breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy, plus radiation) or removal of the breast (mastectomy). Clinical trials have proven that both options provide the same long-term survival rates for most types of early stage breast cancer.Lumpectomy removes a small tumor and a margin of normal tissue around the tumor. The surgeon also removes some of the lymph nodes under the arm to find out if the cancer has spread. Lumpectomy is followed by radiation therapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells is the standard care.Modified radical mastectomy is surgery to remove the entire breast, some of the lymph nodes under the arm, and the lining over the chest muscles. It may be appropriate when the breast tumor is large or if cancer is found in more than one part of the breast.
Radical mastectomy involves removal of the breast, chest muscles, and all lymph nodes under the arm. It was the standard treatment many years ago, but it is used now only when a tumor has spread to the chest muscles.

Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. It is usually used after lumpectomy to destroy any cancer cells that still may remain in the breast after surgery. It is sometimes used to shrink tumors before surgery.

Chemotherapy uses drugs, usually a combination of drugs that travel through the body to slow the growth of cancer cells or to kill them.

Hormonal therapy prevents cancer cells from getting the hormones they need to grow. If a breast tumor relies on the body’s natural hormones to grow, it is either estrogen receptor-positive or progesterone-positive. This means that any cancer cells that remain after surgery may continue to grow when these hormones are present in the body. Hormonal therapy can reduce the amount of the body’s natural hormones or block the hormones from reaching any remaining cancer cells.

Women who have received treatment for breast cancer may be at risk of developing lymphedema, a condition in which excess fluid collects in tissue and causes swelling, according to the National Cancer Institute. Lymphedema may occur in the arm or leg after lymph vessels or lymph nodes in the underarm or groin are removed or treated with radiation.
If your treatment protocol includes chemotherapy or radiation therapy, you may have some skin challenges such as skin sensitivity all over or at radiation treatment site. During this time, you may to ensure your diet is rich is foods with high ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) values, as these foods rich in antioxidants will assist your body recover. You will also have to re-evaluate the products you use daily on your body and especially on the treatment area