Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among female population and it is estimated that about 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in U.S by the end of this year. Unfortunately, nearly 40,450 women will die from it.
Therefore, being aware of its signs and symptoms is of utmost importance, as it allows you to detect it while in its early stage and start the treatment as soon as possible.
Below, you have a list of 5 warning signs of cancer which often go undetected. Learn how to recognize them and thus increase the chance of saving your life!
- A New Mole/ Change in Existing Mole
Even though moles are usually a sign of skin cancer, they can often indicate a breast cancer as well. In a certain study, the team of researchers followed 89,902 women aged 40-65 over the course of 18 years. At the beginning of the study the number of moles each woman had was documented. During the trial 5,956 of these women were diagnosed with breast cancer and it was found that those with most moles were at 13 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer when compared to those without moles.
- A Cough or Hoarse Throat That Won`t Subside
Cancer cells appear in one area and this condition is known as primary cancer. Over time, if the cancer cells break away and move to another part of the body they cause other tumor, known as secondary cancer. Prolonged cough or hoarseness which simply won`t subside often indicates that breast cancer has spread to the lungs. In fact, 60-70 percent of women who become terminally ill from breast cancer have the cancer spread to their lungs. Dry cough and shortness of breath are the most common signs.
- Changes in the Bladder or Bowels
Breast cancer causes certain hormonal changes which dry out the urethra and make it difficult for the person to control the bladder. This condition is known as incontinence and its signs include leaking urine during activities like laughing and coughing, urination that takes longer than usual, urgent need to urinate and experiencing sudden sneezing or exercising.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of breast cancer and it is typically present much earlier before the diagnosis. Sleep or rest cannot alleviate fatigue associated with cancer, as it is typically severe. It is often associated with unrelated amount of exertion and high levels of distress. Other symptoms which often accompany it include sleep disturbance, depression, and pain. According to the researchers, fatigue is result of imbalance of chemicals which the cancer creates in the body.
- Unexplained Back Pain
Last but not least, there is the unexplained back pain. This health issue is very common and it is estimated that 8 out of 10 people experience it. However, if can often be a sign of breast cancer as well, manifested by pressure on the ribs or spine or pain in the upper back.