Breast cancer becomes one of the most common cancer types in women. Namely, it is believed that about 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed by the end of this year in America only, and over 40,450 women will die from it.
Moreover, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop this cancer type during the lifetime.
These numbers should stress the situation that women should be careful and prevent it in a first place, treat it one time and recognize early signs of these type of cancer.
Recognizing the following symptoms is of high importance, as you may be able to save your life:
Unexplained Back Pain
Unfortunately, the pain in the back is a common issue, and 8 out of 10 people will experience it during their life. However, this kind of health problem can be caused by early signs of breast cancer.
In this case, you may feel a pressure in the spine or ribs, or in your upper back, feeling like it is coming from your bones. Moreover, this may also indicate that the tumor has spread to your spine.
A Prolonged Cough or Hoarseness
A cancer that starts in one area is known as the primary cancer. If some cancer cells break away from the primary cancer and move on to another part of the body, they can form another tumor, called secondary cancer.
Breast cancer can spread to the lungs, and it can be detected by a prolonged cough or hoarseness. Cancer spreads to the lungs in 60-70% of women who become terminally ill from breast cancer. The most common signs are shortness of breath and dry cough.
A New Mole / Change in an Existing Mole
While moles are more commonly associated with a higher risk of skin cancer, they may also be linked to breast cancer. In one study, researchers followed 89,902 women ages 40-65 years old, and noted their medical records over a period of 18 years.
The number of moles each woman had was documented at the beginning of the study. During the study, 5,956 of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Researchers found that the women who had the most moles out of the group had a 13% higher risk of breast cancer than women who had no moles. If you notice a new mole, or any type of change in an existing mole, visit your doctor.
Another important sign you should look after is fatigue, usually it occurs before diagnosis and cannot be treated by resting or sleeping. Fatigue in these cases is severe and is linked to distress.
It is common for this type of fatigue to be accompanied by depression sleep disturbances and pain. According to researchers, it appears as a result of the chemical imbalance in the body caused by cancer.
Changes in the Bladder or Bowels
Breast cancer can cause hormonal changes that dry out the urethra, and make it difficult to control the bladder. This is known as incontinence.
The common signs of incontinence include leaking urine during activities such as coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising, experiencing sudden and urgent needs to urinate, and urination that takes longer than usual.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor.