The prevalence of breast cancer among American women is constantly on the rise, currently affecting 1 out of 8 women. Early detection is the key to proper cancer treatment as well as to being it. Therefore, all women should be familiar with the signs of breast cancer so that they could seek medical attention at the very beginning.
1. NEW MOLES OR CHANGES IN AN EXISTING MOLE
Moles are regarded as one of the early signs of breast cancer. Women with moles are at 13 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer when compared to women without any of them.
2. HOARSE THROAT AND PERSISTENT COUGH
Metastatic cancer, cancer which has spread from the breast to the lungs, leads to hoarse voice and persistent cough. Statistics show that breast cancer spreads to the lungs in about 60-70 cancer patients.
3. IRREGULAR BOWEL OR BLADDER MOVEMENTS
Hormonal changes are quite common in cancer patients, which leads to drying of the urethra and incontinence. What`s more, this may lead to leaking of urine when coughing, sneezing, or laughing as well as to urgent need to urinate and urination which takes longer than it usually does.
4. UNEXPLAINED FATIGUE
Most cancer patients experience fatigue, which often happens after a good night`s sleep. As a matter of fact, this type of fatigue has nothing to do with lack of sleep as it`s caused by chemical imbalance in the body rather than by physical exhaustion or sleep deprivation.
5. UNEXPLAINED BACK PAIN
Back pain is very common and it may be a sign of different conditions, including breast cancer. Breast cancer patients usually experience pressure on the spine and ribs as well as pain in the upper back. Sometimes, they may feel as if the pain comes from the bones, which may indicate that the breast cancer has spread to the bones.