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Breast Cancer: Being Aware Helps

Women are natural multi-taskers. They juggle a multitude of roles effortlessly. From being a mother, wife, daughter, sister, and home-maker, they also field office work and several demands of family. From thinking about whether the family has eaten to putting together a PowerPoint presentation mentally, women make the balancing act look like a cakewalk.

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However, in doing so, they sometimes compromise on what features last on their priority list: their own selves. Women oftentimes neglect their own health and well-being and put everyone else higher up in the pecking order.

The million-dollar question is: does that seem like a wise thing? Certainly not.

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Women’s health is a complex matter and it’s critical to pay close attention to changes in their bodies to notice anything that could possibly be a warning sign. Right from gynecological issues to other matters of women’s health - it’s essential that women compartmentalize some time to take care of their health because literally everything hinges on their well-being.

Of many health issues that women are vulnerable to, the big C is one of the deadliest. Cancer - this word evokes so many negative emotions that it’s difficult to even think about it. But, the fact of the matter is that it’s a common threat that many women face. As scary as it is, the one positive is the fact that early detection is the key to beating it.

For that, knowledge is the most powerful tool. Medicine has advanced to a great extent and there’s a way out of most health problems - however, the biggest factor still remains to understand that one has a health issue and going to the doctor at the earliest.

In this blog, we will explore how you can detect changes in your breast and take timely action by going to the doctor to increase your chances of beating this deadly condition.

How do you know if something is wrong?

Here are some of the most common symptoms of breast cancer that you can keep an eye for. If you have one or more of these symptoms, then it’s best to get in touch with a doctor.

While some might experience no symptoms at all some common early signs are

  1. Lumps on the breast that are hard
  2. Swelling in one or both breasts
  3. Lumps near collarbone or armpit
  4. Change breast shape or size
  5. Appearance of dimpled, flaky, think or discolored skin on the breast
  6. Pain or tender spots
  7. Nipple changes, inward/ dimpled/ burn/ itch/ sore
  8. Unusual discharge

That said, there’s a lot you can do in terms of keeping yourself healthy. The first step is to lead a healthy lifestyle. Given the current scenario of stress and unhealthy dietary choices, it’s best to sit back and reflect on the kind of life you are leading and whether it is healthy or not. Some of the things you can do from your end are:

  1. Avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol
  2. Regular exercises
  3. Healthy meal which includes vegetables and fruits
  4. Maintaining a healthy BMI

What next?

The first step is to be hopeful. Your mental strength will also determine your coping powers and consequently the way your body responds to the treatments. So, take a deep breath, have faith in your doctors, and explore the below options.

You will first have to go through some tests. These include:

  1. Physical examination or
  2. Imaging tests like a mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI
  3. Biopsy

In case you have breast cancer, your treatment options are:

  1. Targeted drug therapy
  2. Chemotherapy
  3. Hormone blocking therapy
  4. Surgery
  • Lumpectomy: This involves removing the cancer cell and some of the healthy cells around it
  • Mastectomy: This procedure involves the removal of the ducts, fat, areola, and skin.

With the power of early detection, breast cancer can be treated. Do not let your fear get the better of you. At the Birthplace, we will be there every step of the way to guide you medically as well as emotionally through the tough times.

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