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Breast Cancer

As recorded in the last few decades, more than 70% of women were diagnosed with breast cancer after the age of 50 years. Unfortunately, nowadays not only the incidence of breast cancer has increased but the age patterns have also changed. Now almost 50% of cancer occurs below the age of 45 years in females. Even 20-30 years of age group has an incidence of breast cancer to the tone of 4-5%.

Practically 1/3 to ΒΌ of all cancers in females is breast cancer.

The most common symptoms of breast cancer are a painless lump in the breast, swelling in the armpit region, change in shape of the breasts, orange like peel of the skin of the breast and ulceration of the breasts are also the most common symptoms. During the initial stages, cancer can be treated with a breast-conserving surgery and females diagnosed in stage 3 or 4 of breast cancer are best treated with chemotherapy, surgery, radiation & hormonal therapy.

At BH, we routinely perform breast-conserving surgeries, breast reconstructions, modified mastectomies & give chemotherapy through lines & chemo ports. A large volume of breast cancer survivors is the glaring testimony to our skilled specialist treatment.

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Breast Cancer is the rapidly increasing cancer in urban and rural females. According to health survey 1 in 25 women is susceptible to Breast Cancer during her lifetime. Though it is one of the most curable cancers in initial stages 80 % of Indian females consult the doctor in an advanced stage. At the time, treatment is both aggressive and costly.

  • Increasing Age
  • Early menarche & late menopause
  • Nulliparity & late childbearingObesity
  • Smoking & Drinking
Approximately 5% to 10% of breast cancers are hereditary.
Surgery is the mainstay of breast cancer treatment where the affected breast and the axillary nodes are removed. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal therapy may be required after surgery.
Yes, in selected cases the Breast conservation Surgery can be done.
1% of Males are also affected by Breast Cancer.
Screening mammography should be done once in 3 years after the age of 35. In high-risk cases, it can be done annually.
BSE should be done regularly 5 days after the menstrual cycle, every month after the age of 20 years as described below:

1. Lie down and put your left arm under your head. Use your right hand to examine your left breast.

With your 3 middle fingers flat, move gently in small circular motions over the entire breast, checking for a lump, hard knot, or thickening. Use different levels of pressure- light, medium, and firm- over each area of your breast. Check the whole breast, from your collarbone above your breast down to the ribs below your breast. Switch arms and repeat on the other breast.

2. Look at your breasts while standing in front of a mirror with your hands on your hips. Look for lumps, new differences in size and shape, and swelling or dimpling of the skin.

3. Raise one arm, then the other, so you can check under your arms for lumps.

4. Squeeze the nipple of each breast gently between your thumb and index finger. Report to your healthcare provider right away any discharge or fluid from the nipples or any lumps or changes in your breast.

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