During the planned examination, the majority of women get lost, become worried, and simply forget to ask the doctor all the significant things they wanted to find out.
Maria Mortazavi, the oncologist-senologist in the Institute of Plastic Surgery and Cosmetology, explains five main points that concern women who care about their health.
1. Is it true that breast cancer is getting younger?
Yes, it’s true. If we turn to the statistics, we will see that for 100 thousand women under the age of 30, breast cancer is detected in 28.5 women. The earliest fact of the disease was detected in the 8-years-old girl. For this reason, it is important to undergo an examination with a senologist once the mammary gland is formed.
In addition, if relatives were diagnosed with breast cancer, then you should pay special attention to your health. For example, if a mother was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 45, her daughters should regularly visit a doctor from the age of 32-35. Also, special attention to your health should be paid if you are planning a plastic surgery or want to go through hormone replacement therapy.
2. Is it possible to determine something is wrong by external symptoms?
You should immediately consult a doctor as soon as you noticed the peculiar list of symptoms. If you see sores on the nipples, swelling, redness, tightness, enlargement of one or both mammary glands, don’t delay the trip to the senologist.
In addition, your lymph nodes in the armpits can increase, alerting you about the danger. Remember, cancer is a silent disease, and its symptoms are very often revealed only in severe stages.
3. When should I need to come to the diagnostics?
A few years ago, doctors recommended coming for an inspection from the fifth to the tenth day of the menstrual cycle. Women who take hormones or reached menopause could come on any day of the cycle. In fact, modern equipment has advanced so much that any changes in the breast can be noticed regardless of the cycle day.
4. If cancer will be eventually revealed at an early stage, will I be able to cope with the condition?
Again, we should refer to the statistics. 95% cases of the disease, detected at an early stage, were successfully cured until full recovery. In addition, with timely detection of the disease, there is every chance to save the breasts.
5. What actually causes cancer? Do the food, late childbirth, sunburn, and underwear affect this?
Yes, all of these factors negatively affect the breasts. It is also possible to add to this list extra weight, a large number of abortions, early onset of menstruation, and much stress. The majority of patients experienced systematic anxiety associated with problems at work, in their personal lives, or even the loss of the beloved ones. Everything you should remember is to protect yourself.
Summing up, it is important to recollect one more time: the main thing is to turn to the doctor in time, not to be nervous, and take care of yourself.
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