Breast cancer is one of the most dangerous diseases that threatens women’s lives and puts their health at risk. Rarely affecting men, this disease is manifested by the development of cancerous tumors in one or both breasts. To avoid losing your life, it is important to detect it in its early stages and treat it before it spreads to other parts of the body. To help you benefit from this early detection, here are 5 signs that most women neglect, but that must be taken into consideration.
Responsible for more than 11,000 deaths in France, breast cancer is considered the most deadly type of female cancer. The risks of developing it increase with age, since it generally affects women aged 50 and over, and with the cancer history of women and their genetic heritage. In addition, certain factors such as smoking, obesity, poor diet and hormonal changes (prolonged use of contraceptives, late pregnancy, early menopause …) also promote the development of cancer cells.
To help you put all the chances of healing on your side and detect breast cancer as soon as it appears, you must be vigilant as to the signs that may indicate its presence.
5 signs indicating breast cancer and most women neglect:
1 – The moles:
Moles are usually associated with melanoma, or skin cancer. Therefore, dermatologists advise to keep them under surveillance and report any changes in their color, shape or diameter or if they start to multiply. However, according to two studies, one at Harvard University in the United States and the other at INSERM in France, women between 39 and 65 years old who have several moles on their arms have highest risk of breast cancer. The US study of nearly 74,500 nurses showed that those with less than 15 grains had a 8% risk of developing this type of cancer, while those with more than 15 had a risk ratio of 11%.
The French study, which involved more than 100,000 female teachers, showed that those who had many moles – without specifying the number – were 13% more likely to suffer from the disease.
The relationship between these two elements would not be causal. Influenced by sex hormones, which play an important role in the development of breast cancer, moles are an indicator of the level of these hormones in the blood and thus help to assess and predict the risks of the disease.
2 – Persistent cough:
Coughing is a benign symptom, usually caused by an allergy, or an irritation of the throat or respiratory tract, and it is enough to treat the cause to see it disappear. However, when it becomes persistent and the usual treatments such as expectorants or cough suppressants do not overcome, it is strongly recommended to consult. Persistent cough may indicate lung or laryngeal cancer or indicate that breast cancer tumors have spread to other organs.
3 – Bladder disorders:
The hormonal disorders that usually accompany breast cancer cause the urethra to dry (a channel that allows urine to pass from the bladder to the outside), which reduces bladder control. Thus, people with breast cancer can suffer from urinary incontinence or leakage, disorders accentuated by coughing which exerts strong pressure on the bladder.
4 – Unexplained fatigue:
Also called asthenia, fatigue caused by cancer is nothing like the usual tiredness felt after physical or mental exertion. Rather, it is a state of incapacitating weakness that prevents the sufferer from performing the basic tasks of everyday life such as talking, climbing stairs, washing … Moreover, even a long night of deep sleep does nothing and can not regain his energy.
5 – Unexplained back pain:
Because of poor posture, weakened back muscles, or long hours in front of a computer, many people have back pain. However, this symptom may also be a sign that cancerous tumors develop in the deep tissues of the breast, causing pain in the ribs or spine, or spreading to other parts of the body. from the body. Thus, in case of persistent back pain for no apparent reason, it is recommended to carry out a medical check.