Breast Cancer in Women
Timing is everything for breast cancer diagnosis. Recovery rates are much better when it is detected early. We encourage women to check their breasts regularly for any signs of change and if you have any concerns, know you can book an appointment for consultation, fast. We offer a rapid access breast cancer check, just because – timing is everything.
How common is breast cancer in women? The NHS says that breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK. Age is not always a factor. Most cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women over the age of 50 but breast cancer does develop in younger women.
What is breast cancer? Cancer Research UK says that breast cancer is when abnormal cells in the breast begin to grow and divide in an uncontrolled way and eventually form a growth (tumour). Breast cancer starts in the breast tissue, most commonly in the cells lining the milk ducts of the breast.
Breast cancer mainly affects women, but in rare cases, men can also get breast cancer, too.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer in Women
For many women, the first sign of breast cancer is often a new lump or an area of thickened tissue present in either breast – which has not been noticed before (breast cancer lumps). You may be asking: “what do breast cancer lumps look like?” or “what does a breast cancer lump feel like?”
Breast cancer symptoms also include:
- A change in size or shape of one or both breasts
- A discharge of fluid from either of your nipples
- A lump or swelling present in either of your armpits
- A change in the look/feel of your skin – like puckering, dimpling, a rash or redness
- A rash (like eczema), crusting, scaly or itchy skin or redness on or around your nipple
- A change in the look of your nipple – it may become sunken into your breast areola area, on that side
What causes Breast Cancer in Women?
The causes of breast cancer in women are still the subject of medical research as they are not yet fully understood. The NHS says there are certain risk factors to be aware of. They are known to increase the chance of developing breast cancer:
- Your age – the risk is more as you get older
- A family history – if other close loved ones have had the disease
- A previous diagnosis – if you have had it before, you can get it again
- A previous non-cancerous (benign) breast lump
- Being tall, overweight or obese
- Drinking alcohol
Treatments for Breast Cancer in Women
You may need an examination, breast screening (mammography) or you may need a small sample of breast tissue to be removed for examination by microscope (a biopsy). All of these crucial stages may take time to ensure an accurate assessment of your individual condition is completed.
At Pall Mall, we offer a rapid access breast cancer check just because – timing is everything. Book an appointment with us, today.