The American Cancer Society’s estimates breast cancer in the United States for 2018 will be:
- About 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women.
- About 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 40,920 women will die from breast cancer.
According to statistics, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for women. Lung cancer is the first.
It’s important for women to constantly be aware of how their body is changing when they get older. Chances of being diagnosed with cancer increases with age, so it’s imperative that you know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. And to contact your doctor if you are experiencing pain in your breast region.
Signs and symptoms to pay attention to:
Change in Breast Size or Shape:
Breasts come in all different shapes and sizes – and can sometimes look and feel different throughout a woman’s life. They change when a woman’s going through pregnancy or when she gets her period.
For this precise reason, a woman should always be checking her breasts on a regular basis so she can detect when there is a change in size or shape that she is seeing for the first time.
Redness or Rash:
Look for signs of a rash or redness around the nipple. This could be a cause of using a new washing powder, or a lacy bra irritating the skin.