You just found a lump in your breast. Now what? What do you do? Who do you call?  What will Google tell you?

 

DO I HAVE BREAST CANCER?

The fact is only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer. Saying that, breast lumps are never to be ignored.

 

THE FIRST STEP.

  • See your surgeon/physician for initial breast examination.
  • Write down all your queries that you want to ask your surgeon.

 

WHAT WILL THE SURGEON / PHYSIAN DO?

  • It all probability the surgeon will order The following
  1. Breast imaging – Mammography.
  2. FNAC – fine needle aspiration cytology (depending upon the result of imaging.)

 

DO I NEED THESE TESTS?

YES – You do.

The imaging will give a fair idea about the nature of lump – whether benign/malignant

The FNAC – will affirm the diagnosis of benign/cancerous lump and tell the type.

So you need both of these before you / physician take the decision to remove the lump.

 

WHAT IS FNAC? IT IS PAINFUL?

This is the procedure done in local Anaesthesia where a needle is introduced into the breast lump and aspirated to get some cell.

There are then studied under a microscope to look for evidence of cancer.

 

IS MAMMOGRAPHY RISKY?

Mammography or X-ray of the breast is the gold standard for early detection of breast cancer. It does not cause the cancer to spread due to radiation exposure.

 

WHY DID I GET BREAST CANCER?

You must be wondering, how come me?

The common breast cancer risk factor are.

  • Family genetics.
  • Reproductive history, never pregnant, or prolonged interval between menarche and first live birth.
  • Previous breast abnormalities.
  • Use of menopausal hormone therapy, especially if used for three years or more.
  • Increased body mass index (BMI).
  • Alcohol consumption (even at moderate levels)

Many a times is remains unexplained why it happens?

 

NOW WHAT – I HAVE BREAST CANCER

First, the staging for breast cancer is done.

Second, the treatment available and suited for your case are elaborated.

Which mainly is – Chemotherapy/Surgery.

 

IS IT CONTAGIOUS?

You cannot transfer breast cancer to someone else. It occurs due to uncontrolled cell growth of mutated cells.

 

CAN I AVOID IT SOME HOW?

Some risk factors are not modifiable.

Some risk factors are so that you can reduce them.

  • Living a healthy lifestyle
  • limiting alcohol
  • Exercise
  • Controlling your weight

 

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH  By,

Performing routine breast self – exams,

Establishing ongoing communication with your doctor,

Getting an annual clinical breast exam,

Scheduling your routine screening mammograms.

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