Overview and Definition
Breast cancer is cancer of the breast and it grows within the breast tissues and cells. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer that a woman is diagnosed with. The first type and most common type is skin cancer. When you think of breast cancer, you more than likely think that it only happens to women, but in fact breast cancer can occur in men as well.
A more invasive type of breast cancer is cancer that has spread beyond lobules and breast ducts to surrounding tissue. Due to an increase in public breast cancer support, which has helped to improve education, diagnosis and treatment, survival rates for patients diagnosed with breast cancer have greatly improved with a decline in deaths.
Common Symptoms of Breast Cancer
The first symptom that you may think of with breast cancer is probably a lump in the breast, but surprisingly there are many more symptoms as well. Just because you don’t have a noticeable lump does not mean that you do not have breast cancer. Common signs and symptoms of breast cancer can and may include:
Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer may be diagnosed with any one of these procedures and tests:
Treatment for Breast Cancer
Treatment for breast cancer may include:
Coping with the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
Understandably, you may be highly-emotional and overwhelmed with your breast cancer diagnosis and this is why it’s important to learn how to cope. Every woman is different and will find her own way to cope with this type of cancer diagnosis, but here are some ideas that may help you along the way: