Breast Cancer Facts – You Should Know the Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Facts
Breast cancer is malignant cells formed in the tissues of the breast. The disease is predominantly found in women, and is much more aggressive in younger women, but it can also be found in men too. The disease is different from woman to woman and age to age, which is considered a heterogeneous disease.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
A number of conditions, other than breast cancer, can cause a change in size or feel of your breast. Fibrocystic changes, cysts, fibroadenomas, infection or injury are possible causes of non-cancerous (benign) breast changes, but more commonly, changes in breast tissue happen naturally during pregnancy and your menstrual cycle. Symptoms include:
Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange
A spontaneous clear or bloody discharge from your nipple, often associated with a breast lump
A change in the size or contours of your breast
Any flattening or indentation of the skin over your breast
Retraction or indentation of your nipple
Generally, early breast cancer does not cause pain, and often breast lumps aren’t cancerous, but the most common sign of breast cancer, for both men and women, is usually a thickening or lump in the breast.
Some Risk Factors Associated with Breast Cancer
The exact causes of breast cancer are unclear, but we know the main risk factors. Among the most significant factors are advancing age and a family history of breast cancer. Generally, women over 50 are more likely to get breast cancer than younger women, and African-American women are more likely than Caucasians to get breast cancer before menopause. Early onset of menstruation, before 12 years of age, as well as late menopause, after age 55, increase risk. Many studies have shown that women whose diets are high in fat are more likely to get the disease. Alcohol consumption in quantities more than two drinks daily increases risk.
Men and women can reduce their risk of getting breast cancer by reducing the amount of fat in their diets. They can also limit the amount of alcohol they consume. Studies are showing that the nutrient Resveratrol, may play a factor in preventing breast cancer. Resveratrol, a naturally occurring antioxidant, can be found in in the skins of red grapes, red wine, and red or purple grape juice. Since red wine is a dietary source of Resveratrol and is an alcoholic beverage, a dietary supplement with Resveratrol is a better choice.