These five early warning signs of breast cancer are often ignored, although they may be of the utmost importance for your life.
- Changes to the moles
Moles are usually associated with an increased risk of skin cancer. However, they can also indicate breast cancer. This was confirmed in a study involving 89.902 women, aged 40-65 years, whose medical bills were carefully monitored over a period of 18 years. At the start of the study was documented the number of moles that every woman had. During the study, 5,956 women had developed breast cancer. The study concluded that women who have more moles have a 13% higher risk of breast cancer than women who did not have a mole.
- Cough or raspy throat
If breast cancer spreads to the lungs, it can be characterized by longer cough or hoarseness. According to statistics, breast cancer metastasizes to the lungs in 60-70% of patients in the terminal stage. Shortness of breath and dry cough are common symptoms.
- Changes in bladder or bowel
Breast cancer is a hormone that causes changes which cause the urethra to be dried, resulting in incontinence. Common signs are leaking urine during coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising, as well as sudden and urgent need to urinate, and urination that lasts longer than usual. Any of these symptoms should be discussed with your doctor.
Fatigue is a common symptom of many types of cancer, including breast cancer. Fatigue is not the result of physical effort and is often accompanied by other symptoms such as pain, sleep disturbances, and depression. The fatigue caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the body and produces cancer.
- Unexplained back pain
Back pain may indicate that breast cancer tumors have formed. Most often it feels like pressure on the ribs and spine, or pain in the upper back, as it comes from the bones. It can also mean that breast cancer has spread to the bones.