Symptoms, Causes, Statistics Of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer generally starts in the inner lining of the milk ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) or lobules (glands that make milk) in the breast. It occurs not only to females, but males may also get affected, although male breast cancer is very rare. In fact it is 100 times more frequent among women than men, but the survival rates are same for men and women.

Symptoms of breast cancer

The first symptom is just a lump, which is different from the surrounding breast tissues. Data reveals that over 80% of breast cancer cases are discovered from the lump. The American Cancer Society says that physician detects breast cancer by mammogram, a lump that is found in lymph nodes in the ampits.

Other symptoms of breast cancer are changes in breast size, dimpling of skin, nipple inversion, or spontaneous single-nipple discharge.

Causes of breast cancer

The below mentioned are the primary factors for breast cancer:

• Sex
• Age
• Childbearing
• Hormones
• High-fat diet
• Alcohol intake
• Obesity
• Tobacco use
• Radiation
• Shiftwork

Apart from these there are some other facts to know about breast cancer. These facts are as given below:

• If a woman has breast cancer in one breast then there is a high risk of getting in other breast.
• If a woman’s mother, sister, or daughter had breast cancer then the risk is higher.
• Certain types of abnormal cells such as atypical hyperplasia and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) may increase the risk of breast cancer.
• Certain race also increases breast cancer. It is more often in Caucasian women than Latina, Asian, or African American women.
• The risk of breast cancer may also increase to women who are physically inactive throughout life.

Breast cancer statistics

The below mentioned is the statistics of estimated new cases of breast cancer in the United States in 2009:

• New cases – 192,370 females; 1,910 males
• Deaths – 40,170 females; 440 males

Note: The above data has been taken from U.S. National Institutes of Health.