A lot of new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year. The number of deaths is increasing constantly. It has now become a very common cancer. 1 in 8 women are now developing the condition.
It is important to develop awareness about the situation. Knowing the signs and symptoms can go a long way in treating it.
The five signs of breast cancer
A new mole: it is better to see a doctor if you find a new mole in your body or if there is a change in your existing mole. In a study conducted, it was found that women who had the most moles had a much higher risk of developing cancer. Usually moles are linked to skin cancer, but some of them may be linked to breast cancer as well.
A persistent cough: a persistent dry cough and shortness of breath is a sign of cancer. When cancer starts in one place, it is called primary cancer. It may spread to another part. This is known as secondary cancer. So a breast cancer may spread to the lungs and cause cough and sore throat.
Bowel movement changes: hormonal changes due to breast cancer can make the urethra dry. This can cause urinary incontinence. There can be leaking urine while coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising. Other symptoms can be that urination takes longer than usual and uncontrolled urination.
Fatigue: too much fatigue which does not get relieved by sleep or rest can be dangerous. It can be very severe fatigue. There may be pain, depression or sleep disturbances too. This could be due to chemical imbalance in the body.
Back pain: back pain is very common. But it could also be a sign that tumors are forming. If you feel there is pressure on the bones, or there is pain in the upper back or ribs or spine, consult a doctor.
Source: David Wolfe
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