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What Every Woman Needs to Know About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Every year, more than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s why it’s important for every woman to know about breast cancer – what the symptoms are, what causes it, and the various treatment options available. In this blog post, we’ll discuss all of that and more.

Symptoms to Look Out For

The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump or mass in the breast. However, there are other possible symptoms to be aware of as well, such as:

  • Swelling in the breast (not related to menstrual cycles)

  • Skin irritation or dimpling

  • Breast pain

  • Nipple discharge (not related to pregnancy or breastfeeding)

  • Nipple retraction

  • Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin

If you experience any of these symptoms, you must see a doctor immediately so they can rule out breast cancer or provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan if necessary.

Causes of Breast Cancer

Several different factors can increase your risk of developing breast cancer. These include:

  • Family history: If you have a family member who has had breast cancer, you’re more likely to develop the disease yourself.

  • Genetic factors: Certain genes can increase your risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Age: Your risk of breast cancer increases as you get older.

  • Personal history: If you’ve had breast cancer in the past, you’re more likely to develop it again.

  • Hormone exposure: Women who have taken hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Obesity: Women who are obese have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Alcohol use: Women who drink alcohol regularly are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Emergency Care with Breast Cancer Patients

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s important to identify symptoms that may require emergency¬†care. Since cancer complications don’t regard doctor’s office hours and arise at any time of the day or night, you may need to visit an emergency room.

Below are breast cancer symptoms that may require a trip to urgent care:

  • You’re experiencing breaks pain along with a persistent high fever of about 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • You’re experiencing breast pain accompanied by persistent nausea and vomiting.

  • You're experiencing pain in your breast and discharge of pus.

  • You may need to go to an emergency room if you are experiencing pain in your breast accompanied by warmth and tenderness.

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