Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Breast Cancer.. please aware my friend

I just want to share this article because yesterday i met a doctor, and she found a lump in my breast. Still don't know yet what it it is (hiks..hiks..), the doctor just gave me antibiotic and asked me to see her again after my period. I just want to all my friend aware of breast cancer.

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What is the symptom
The first symptom, or subjective sign, of breast cancer is typically a lump that feels different than the surrounding breast tissue. According to the Merck Manual, more than 80% of breast cancer cases are discovered when the woman feels a lump. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the first medical sign, or objective indication of breast cancer as detected by a physician, is discovered by mammogram.Lumps found in lymph nodes located in the armpits and/or collarbone [citation needed] can also indicate breast cancer.

Indications of breast cancer other than a lump may include changes in breast size or shape, skin dimpling, nipple inversion, or spontaneous single-nipple discharge. Pain is an unreliable tool in determining the presence of breast cancer, but may be indicative of other breast-related health issues such as mastodynia.
When breast cancer cells invade the dermal lymphatics, small lymph vessels in the skin of the breast, its presentation can resemble skin inflammation and thus is known as inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). Symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer include pain, swelling, warmth and redness throughout the breast, as well as an orange peel texture to the skin referred to as peau d'orange.

Another reported symptom complex of breast cancer is Paget's disease of the breast. This syndrome presents as eczematoid skin changes such as redness and mild flaking of the nipple skin. As Paget's advances, symptoms may include tingling, itching, increased sensitivity, burning, and pain. There may also be discharge from the nipple. Approximately half of women diagnosed with Paget's also have a lump in the breast.

Occasionally, breast cancer presents as metastatic disease, that is, cancer that has spread beyond the original organ. Metastatic breast cancer will cause symptoms that depend on the location of metastasis. More common sites of metastasis include bone, liver, lung and brain. Unexplained weight loss can occasionally herald an occult breast cancer, as can symptoms of fevers or chills. Bone or joint pains can sometimes be manifestations of metastatic breast cancer, as can jaundice or neurological symptoms. These symptoms are "non-specific," meaning they can also be manifestations of many other illnesses.

Most symptoms of breast disorder do not turn out to represent underlying breast cancer. Benign breast diseases such as mastitis and fibroadenoma of the breast are more common causes of breast disorder symptoms. The appearance of a new symptom should be taken seriously by both patients and their doctors, because of the possibility of an underlying breast cancer at almost any age.

About what happen with me... I just try to find out the answer, cause i feel a pain in my breast and feel burn just in one side. If you ever got the same sympton you can read this.
Breast pain is more commonly associated with non-cancerous changes than with cancerous changes to the breast tissue. Equal discomfort in both breasts is most commonly benign. But new and persistent discomfort in only one breast may be of concern, particularly if it's getting worse, not better.
In your situation where you have intermittent right breast pain AND a mammogram that suggests the possibility of cancerous findings, you need to seek further evaluation to make sure everything is OK—even if the sonogram (aka ultrasound) is "OK."
Express your concerns to your doctor. Ask to be referred to a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer (if a simple "ask" doesn't result in a referral, demand it). A simple core needle biopsy of the area of concern seen on mammogram may be recommended. Hopefully all is fine, but it's worth being pushy and demanding in order to get what you need—just to be sure.
A burning sensation in one breast that persists over time should be evaluated by a doctor, just to make sure everything is OK. Don't assume that you have cancer—most likely it's not cancer. But still you need to make sure

I just can breath after gathering this information, even it doesn't mean I stop for the observation. As its till commonly situation, I won't take a risk. i wish everything ok.

How to screening
Maybe all off you have heard about mammography but never did that test (just like me haha.. but i will do it soon)
What is mammography for????
X-ray mammography uses x-rays to examine the breast for any uncharacteristic masses or lumps. Regular mammograms -- the process of getting breast mammography -- is often recommended as a preventative measure, particularly for older women and at-risk individuals. A recent study involving 160,921 women recruited at age 39-41 showed that annual screening mammograms up to age 48 did decrease breast cancer mortality over an average of 10.7 years. This reduction, however, was not statistically significant. The results may be due to chance. According to these findings, about 2,500 women would need to be screened to prevent one breast cancer death during this time period.

OK FOR ALL MY FRIEND... Lets Check up your self, or check ur beloved one. So u can save ur life or ur beloved life.

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