Breast cancer is still the commonest form of cancer affecting women today. A woman’s “lifetime risk” of having breast cancer is 1 in 12 (average lifetime being 85 years). The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Only 0.5 percent of all breast cancers will occur in women aged under 30, but 84 percent of all breast cancers occur after 45 years.
Because of newer treatments and better methods of detection, at least 7 out of every 9 women diagnosed with breast cancer today are now expected to survive.
Hence it is extremely important to participate in regular screening to detect any early and treatable changes. It is essential to not ignore any changes, irrespective of age. It is quite common for women to experience breast changes, the majority of which are not breast cancer. Such changes may be caused by hormonal change, the development of fibroadenomas (smooth, firm non-cancerous lumps) and cysts (non-cancerous fluid filled sacs), the latter two of which do not usually require treatment. Any changes to the nipples should also be investigated.
Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the breast grow out of control. It is important that breast cancer be found and treated early so any breast change should be checked by a doctor. Should the doctor feel further investigation is necessary you may be referred for a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI or biopsy.
Remember early detection improves the chance of survival. There is no specific cause, but the single most important risk factor is age.
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