Breast cancer is one of the largest causes of deaths among females across the country. There is a drastic increase in the number of patients in urban society and more so in young females. It is estimated that in India, 1 in 22 females will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
What is Cancer?
Simply put, when the well- regulated cells of the body begin to ‘through tantrums’ and start dividing rampantly, it is called cancer. These cells become uncontrollable and present as clusters, more commonly called lumps.
An early diagnosis of breast cancer is the key to save a life.
Breast Cancer and Early Diagnosis:
Early diagnosis can be achieved only with awareness and screening. Primarily, a female needs to have an understanding of how the disease presents, so as to help her meet the specialist early. The easiest way to an early detection is by doing a self- breast examination. The other screening methods are mammogram and breast ultrasound. If you see any changes in the breast or have a family history of breast cancer, it is important that you contact a doctor and follow a prescribed regular health check up plan.
Diagnostic Tests for Breast Cancer:
The best ways to diagnose or detect breast cancer is :
The various treatment modalities include surgery, Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal therapy. Breast cancer has a very high cure rate if detected early. Early detection is the best protection.