Ancient Greek mythology legends speaks highly of female warriors who had only one breast, fighting the wars of their own and it seems so apt for today’s women bravely fighting the deadly breast cancer. Over the past few decades, there has been a rise in incidences of breast cancer overtaking cervical cancer. Globally, around 1.7 million new cases were diagnosed with breast cancer, and India alone has a jaw dropping stats with a count of 1,55,000 and a mortality rate of 76,000 yearly.
But, with increasing hope and life-saving treatment options available today, breast cancer is no more a life threatening disease. For combating breast cancer, Apollo Hospitals brings together the brightest minds in medical, surgical & radiation oncology, along with a complete range of high-end ancillary experts who have performed over 50,000 surgeries over the past two decades.
What is Breast cancer?
A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can develop into nearby tissues or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body. Breast cancer begins with the formation of a malignant tumor in the breast, where there is a massive growth of carcinogenic cells in the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules of the breast.
How does one spot Breast Cancer?
Early signs of the cancer can be felt by the individual itself. And as it develops the following signs can be noticed:
The first obvious symptom of breast cancer is a lump in the breast or armpits which persists after the menstrual cycle. These lumps may be painless but some may give a prickly sensation. The other signs may include:
Pain or tenderness of the breast
● Unusual discharge from the nipple, it may be bloody, clear or may be in other colour.
● In-drawing of the nipple or skin of the breast.
● A change in nipple, itching, dimpling or a burning sensation
● Swelling in the armpit.
Self-Examination to identifying breast cancer:
The most crucial step in the process of early detection of breast cancer is self-examination. Here are few steps to help you detect:
- ● By facing the mirror, raise your left hand & with right hand make circular rotations on the left breast to feel any lumps. Closely examine the size, shape, position, or if any discolouration.
- ● Watch out for changes in skin such as puckering, sores or dimpling.
- ● Choose either the circle, the up and down line or the wedge pattern for detection.
- ● Raise your arms and look for any changes in armpit such as lumps.
- ● Inspect your nipples for any sores, peeling or change in the direction of the nipples.
- ● Continue to look for any signs of fluid discharge in either of the nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).
- ● Repeat the same process with the other arm.
Care at Apollo: “Apollo Breast Centre”
Apollo Breast Centre is a comprehensive set up bringing together right expertise and infrastructure under one roof for a patient with a breast problem.
And for any patient to choose the right treatment, it is important to know the stage and the type of cancer. There are four stages of breast cancer: Stage I and II are called early stage, low-risk cancers while stage III is advanced high-risk cancer. Stage IV is the last stage where there is an apparent spread of cancer to the rest of the body where the curative treatment is not possible.
Apollo Hospitals offers the following programme for Breast care:
- ● Screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of breast diseases
- ● Diagnostic evaluation and treatments include:
- ● Breast MRI
- ● Mammography
- ● Breast ultrasound
- ● Ductoscopy
- ● PET Scan
- ● Biopsy
- ● Gene testing
- ● Mastectomy
- ● Breast conservative surgery (Breast saving surgery / Breast removal surgery)
- ● Reconstructive Surgery
An early detection of cancer can help in better treatment and in this journey Apollo Cancer institutes is an ideal helping hand at every stage right from screening to curing breast cancer. As a forerunner in the treatment of breast cancer, Apollo Hospitals has performed over 50,000 breast surgeries, over the past two decades. Apollo represents the amalgamation of the finest talent, latest equipment and deep expertise in combating breast cancer. The team uses the best of surgical procedures, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy to deliver best-in-class outcomes. Apollo Hospitals strongly believes in cancer is conquerable and will not allow it to intervene between you and your life.
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