Breast cancer is a major threat to women (and men). In this year alone, there will be approximately 246,660 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in America, which will sadly result in the death of 40,450 women. If that's not concerning enough, consider that one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
These numbers are a reminder that we all need to be more aware of this disease so that we can take measures to prevent it and/or diagnose it as early as possible. It's crucial to know the signs and symptoms. Here are five warning signs that many women ignore.
1. Inexplicable Back Pain
Back pain is a very common issue that will be experienced by nearly 80% of adults at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, it can also be a symptom of breast cancer. If you feel a pressure in your spine or ribs that seems to have no explanation, it could be a sign of a tumor trying to spread to your spine.
2. Prolonged Cough
Sometimes cancer cells can break away from the primary site and start a secondary tumor in another location. In the case of breast cancer, this migration often occurs in the lungs, and 60-70% of women with breast cancer also experience respiratory issues.
3. New Mole/Change In Existing Moles
Moles are often linked to an increased risk of skin cancer, but they can also be indicative of breast cancer. In a study of nearly 90,000 women (ages 40-65) over a period of 18 years, researchers documented the number of moles on each woman over the years and found that women with the most moles had a 13% higher risk of developing breast cancer. If you see a new mole or a change in an existing one, contact your doctor right away.
Unfortunately, fatigue is also an increasingly common of a wide range of diseases. Fatigue can be the result of stress, but can also be the result of chemical imbalances caused by cancer in the body.
5. Changes In Bladder/Bowels
Breast cancer can also cause hormonal changes that affect the urethra, making bladder control more difficult. This is called incontinence, and can include symptoms like sudden/urgent need to urinate, urination that takes a long time, and/or leaking urine when laughing, coughing, or exercising. If you experience these signs, consult with your physician right away.
H/T: Healthy Food House