UNDERSTANDING BREAST CANCER
The disease is caused by the uncontrolled growth of cells in the breast.
Depending on which cells in the breast turn cancerous, it can be classified into different kinds. It is possible for breast cancer to begin in different parts of the breast. Breast tissue is divided into three parts: lobules, ducts, and connective tissue. The most common types of breast cancer are invasive ductal carcinoma and invasive lobular carcinoma. Detecting breast cancer early can save lives and has high cure rates.
HOW TO DIAGNOSE?
First of all your doctor, will try to connect with you and understand the symptoms to know the type of cancer suspected.
He/she may ask questions like signs or symptoms, age, health changes, any family cancer history, earlier medical test reports, etc. to analyze your cancer.
Ultrasound scanning is used to create pictures of areas inside the breast, which are called sonograms.
It will provide the required images for the doctor’s evolution.
Doctors may recommend a diagnostic mammogram if you have lumps in your breast or if an area of the breast looks abnormal on a screening mammogram. Screening mammography is similar to diagnostic mammography, except that more pictures are taken of the breast during diagnostic mammography.
An MRI produces detailed images of the body by using magnetic fields. MRI helps in creating a clear picture of breast cancer.
Biopsies are tests performed under a microscope on small amounts of tissue. The results of other tests can indicate the presence of cancer, but the only way to confirm the diagnosis is with a biopsy.
A biopsy can be of different types:
- Fine needle aspiration biopsy
- Surgical biopsy
- Image-guided biopsy
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
If you seek out the help of the appropriate doctor in the early stages, you will have a better chance of curing quickly.
Take a look at the symptoms, causes, and prevention to be aware of the problem.