Breast Cancer: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, and Remedies

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Are you becoming increasingly aware of breast cancer? With so many cases of women suffering from breast cancer, it’s no doubt that every other woman is also getting affected.

Breast cancer in simple terms is cancer formed in the cells of the breasts. As per reports, breast cancer is the second frequently occurring disease among women in the US after skin cancer. Women have been found to undergo surgeries for increasing their breasts. If you are willing to know how to grow breasts naturally, continue reading below.

Possible causes of breast cancer

As per reports, various lifestyles, hormonal and environmental factors can affect the abnormal growth of breast cells. If you have underdeveloped breasts and you have undergone treatments for increasing your breasts, you are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer.  Below mentioned are some of the factors that increase the risk of developing breast cancer:

        Genetics

As per modern doctors, about 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer patients inherit the disease from their parents or previous generations. If your family has a strong history of breast cancer, you are strictly advised by the doctor frequently and get properly diagnosed.

        Any medical history concerning breast’s condition

If you ever went through a breast biopsy that detected atypical hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ, you have increased chances of breast cancer.

        Previous experience of breast cancer

If you have been a victim of breast cancer and have survived, the risks of experiencing breast cancer again have increased.

        Radiation exposure.

If you have undergone radiation therapies or treatments previously, your risk of breast cancer is doubled.

        Excessive weight

Obesity is another determining factor. People who are excessively fat have an increased risk of breast cancer.

        Getting pregnant at an older age

Having your first child late, that is after 30 years of age, you may have increased chances of getting breast cancer.

        Never being pregnant

Women who have never been pregnant in their lives also experience increased chances of breast cancer than women who went through multiple pregnancies.

        Excessive alcohol consumption

Drinking alcohol excessively also increases your risk of breast cancer.

Symptoms of breast cancer

  • Following are some of the indicative symptoms of breast cancer:
  • Nipple changes
  • A breast lump or thickening which feels different than the surrounding breast tissue
  • Change in shape and size or appearance of a breast
  • Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
  • An inverted nipple
  • Scaling, peeling, crusting, or flaking of the pigmented area surrounding the nipples
  • Redness of the skin over your breast
  • Constant pain in the armpits or breasts that don’t change with the menstrual cycle
  • A rash around or on one of the nipples
  • Discharge from a nipple, possibly containing blood

Preventive measures to breast cancer

If you feel your breast area to be slightly different, visit your doctor immediately. Conduct tests and diagnosis immediately to find out if there’s anything you need to worry about. Below given are some preventive measures that you must adopt the check the growth of cancerous cells in your breast.

        Actively exercise daily

You must practice 30 mins of rigorous exercising on most days of the week. Your body has to be active. However if your body has been inactive for long, start exercising slowly and for less duration

        Maintain a healthy weight

By now you know weight is a risk factor that increases chances of breast cancer. Hence, try to lose weight as much as you can. You can jog, walk, swim or do exercises regularly to keep your weight in check.

        Choose a healthy diet

To maintain your weight, you have to follow a healthy diet. Your diet must contain important nutrients but exclude fats and carbohydrates. Try consuming proteinous foods like mixed nuts and a Mediterranean diet comprising extra Virgin olive oil. Focus more on plant-based food products like fruits and vegetables.

        Reduce alcohol consumption

Alcohol is in no way good for your health. Try to limit it as much as you can.

        Stop taking postmenopausal hormone therapy

These therapies also increase the chances of breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about it and find alternative ways to deal with post-menopausal conditions.

Remedies to cure breast cancer

Following are some of the best remedies people can seek:

        Surgery

Surgery is the most commonly preferred method to deal with breast cancer. However, there are various types of surgeries conducted. Lumpectomy involves the removal of the tumor and a small amount of breast tissue surrounding it. Mastectomy on the other hand involves the removal of the fatty tissues, nipples, ducts, areola, lobules, and some skin. Sometimes the entire muscle in the chest wall is removed.

        Radiation therapy

If you have undergone surgery for breast cancer, you can take radiation therapy for about a month. Radiation would kill any more cancerous cells if left.

        Chemotherapy

This method is prescribed by doctors before surgery to kill cancer cells if there’s a high risk of their reoccurrence.

We have discussed the causes, symptoms, remedies, and preventive measures of breast cancer in detail. With the advancement in science and technology, better treatments have been developed which have been found to be effective in diagnosing and treating breast cancer. Thus, breast cancer survival rates have also increased reducing the number of deaths among patients.

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