New Delhi (India), May 25: On Women’s Health Day, it serves as a moving reminder of the crucial role women play in our lives, families and communities. On this occasion, we shed light on a topic of paramount importance: breast cancer, one of the main causes of death from cancer among women worldwide. Early detection is key to improving prognosis and increasing survival rates, making it imperative that women are aware of early signs and symptoms.
Here, we’ve gathered information from several leading oncologists who share their expert advice on how to recognize the early indications of breast cancer.
doctor Chinna Babu, Clinical Director and Surgical Oncologist – Yashoda Hospital, Hyderabad
As the incidence of breast cancer continues to grow each year, it is our responsibility to detect it early and treat it at an early stage. It is difficult to detect changes in the breast unless you are in the habit of examining it regularly. One should create the habit of examining the breast at least once a month, if not daily, standing in front of a mirror and checking the entire breast in search of new changes, whether in the form of a lump or hardening in the breast. The other signs that can be early warning signs of breast cancer are discharge from the nipple, even more so if it is red in color; nipple retraction; dimples in the skin of the breast; redness of the skin over the breast; or swelling in the armpit.
The most ideal way to diagnose breast cancer early, before symptoms even appear, is to have a mammogram once a year starting at age 45.
doctor Prasad Kasbekar, MS, MCh, FEBS, FACS, Consultant Surgical Oncologist and Director – Sarvasva Health, Founder – Wellness Center Clinic, Masina Hospital, Mumbai
Breast cancer is one of the most common female cancers, and early detection can lead to a cure. The first signs are a painless lump, unilateral nipple discharge, nipple retraction, and changes in the skin overlying the breast. Modern therapies have resulted in total breast removal becoming outdated, with just lump removal showing equal results.
Therefore, it is important that every woman gets the right advice, as this too can save her breasts and save lives. Modern treatments also focus on breast reconstruction and functional and cosmetic rehabilitation so that she can live a cancer-free life full of confidence. Following defined screening protocols is a must as even 30 year old women are being detected with cancer.
Our belief at SARVASVA HEALTH is that cancer treatment involves not only curing the disease, but also reshaping the individual’s life medically, physically and psychologically.
doctor Gunjesh Kumar Singh, MBBS, MD, DM Medical Oncology (Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai), ESMO Certified Medical Oncologist, Consultant & HOD- Bhagwaan Mahavir Medica Super Specialty Hospital, Jharkhand
Breast cancer is the most common cancer seen in Indian women while the same is seen globally. The increased incidence in the younger population is worrying. Although breast cancer hardly shows any symptoms in its early stages, its timely detection can turn a breast cancer story into a survivor’s tale. If you have any signs or symptoms that worry you, see your doctor right away.
On the occasion of International Women’s Health Day, I want to appeal to women of all age groups not to ignore the following breast cancer warning signs: New lump in the breast or armpit (armpit), Thickening or swelling of part of the breast , Irritation or dimpling of the breast skin, redness or scaly skin in the nipple or breast area, nipple tightness or pain in the nipple area, nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood, any change in breast size or shape and pain in any area of the breast.
doctor Jojo V Joseph, MS (Surgery), MCH (Oncosurgery), Senior Consultant Surgical Oncologist – Caritas Cancer Institute Kottayam Indiragadhi co-op Hospital, Kochi
Early signs of female cancer can vary depending on the specific type of cancer. However, it is important to note that these signs do not necessarily mean that a person has cancer, as these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions. Here are some early signs associated with common types of female cancer:
Breast cancer: presence of a new lump or thickening in the breast or underarm area, breast pain or tenderness unrelated to menstrual cycles, changes in breast size, shape or appearance, nipple changes
Ovarian cancer: abdominal bloating or bloating; pelvic pain or discomfort; feeling full quickly while eating. Changes in bowel habits or urinary patterns
Cervical cancer: Abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as bleeding between periods, after sexual intercourse, or after menopause. pelvic pain or pain during intercourse; unusual vaginal discharge. Remember, early detection is crucial to successful cancer treatment. It is always best to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and diagnosis.
doctor Pradeep Kumar Karumanchi, MBBS (Osm), DNB (Radiation Oncology), ECFMG (US), CCPT (US), CTO (US), CPO (SWISS), Consultant Radiation Oncology, Yashoda Hospital, Hyderabad
Breast Self-Examination – An Unarmed Weapon to Fight Breast Cancer!
Breast cancer treatment has evolved by leaps and bounds, so today early stage breast cancer has a 99% survival rate and even stage III cancer has excellent survival rates of over 80%. A new lump in the breast or armpit, dimpling of the breast skin, bloody discharge from the nipple, pain, redness or pulling of the nipple are some of the warning signs of breast cancer. All women should be aware of these symptoms and identifying them early through breast self-examination is an effective way to identify the disease in its early stages. Breast self-examination, mammography and genetic screening in high-risk women with a family history can help identify breast cancer at an early stage and thus increase the chances of cure.
doctor Saurabh Gupta, MCH (Surgical Oncology), Senior Consultant and Head of Unit, Department of Surgical Oncology, Venkateshwar Hospital Dwarka, New Delhi
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Indian women. In India, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Delhi have the highest rates of breast cancer. Therefore, it is necessary to diagnose and treat this cancer in its early stages. Some early signs of breast cancer are: a lump in the breast or armpit; skin redness; swelling or dimpling of the breast skin; nipple discharge; or inversions or ulcerations.
Breast cancer screening includes monthly breast self-exams and screening mammograms every alternate year. Early breast cancer is easily curable and not life-threatening. Treatment options include breast-conserving surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and/or hormone therapy. Breast cancer risk reduction strategies include a healthy diet, regular exercise, avoiding alcohol, first birth before age 36, and breastfeeding by choice. In conclusion, breast cancer is no longer considered cancer, but a lifestyle disease (just like diabetes and hypertension) that can be treated effectively if caught early.
doctor Ninad Katdare, Senior Consultant, Surgical Oncology, HCG ICS – Khubchandani Cancer Center Colaba, Specialist in GI, Gynecologic and Peritoneal Oncology, Specialist in MIS and Robotic Surgery, Mumbai
Cancer is a dangerous disease that can affect anyone, and women are particularly affected by it. It is important for women to be aware of the early signs of cancer and seek medical attention immediately. Here are some early signs of cancer in women: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers. The first signs of breast cancer include a lump or thickening in the breast tissue, changes in the size or shape of the breast, and discharge from the nipple. Women should also look for skin changes such as redness, dimpling or wrinkling. Cervical cancer can be detected through regular Pap smears. Symptoms may include abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge and pain during intercourse. Ovarian cancer is often called the “silent killer” because the symptoms can be elusive. These can include abdominal swelling, pelvic pain and changes in bowel habits. Women should also be aware of skin cancer. Signs include changes in skin color or texture or changes in the size or shape of existing moles.
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