Breast Cancer Review

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

It is vital for you to know the many symptoms of breast cancer and what to do if you suspect even one. Although the incidence of breast cancer has risen dramatically since 1970, the incidence of death due to breast cancer did not keep pace. This suggests that more education and screening for breast cancer symptoms, with earlier detection and much-improved treatment protocols, may be attributed to helping over two million women who have already been treated and are presently breast cancer survivors.

In your preventive efforts to look for breast cancer symptoms, you are encouraged to perform breast self-examinations monthly, around the end of your menstrual period, or at the same time each month if you are postmenopausal. You should be familiar with the size, shape and feel of your breasts so any changes will be noticed. Until the age of 40, you should have an examination of your breasts by your doctor every three years and then every year thereafter. Because some tumors develop without any breast cancer symptoms, it is still recommended that you have mammograms yearly, also starting at the age of 40. Although there is some controversy about mammograms, they can detect small tumors before they can be felt and before they have time to spread to other parts of your body.

To better understand a breast tumor, information follows about cancer itself, and where and how it develops in the breast. The imaging and testing methods that doctors follow to derive information about a woman’s tumor show there is much information to acquire and many ways to do it. The particulars of Stage III breast cancers are explained in detail, showing there are many specific differences within that classification, with a discussion of Stage IV breast cancer following. Women often talk about advanced breast cancer and the information below will clarify its individual difference.

Knowing what to look for in terms of breast cancer symptoms and knowing the basics about cancer itself can help you keep a level head if breast cancer (or even other cancers) touch you or someone you love!

Breast Cancer Resources

American Cancer Society

People Living With Cancer

United States National Library of Medicine

National Breast Cancer Foundation

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Health Coverage from Health Insurance .org

WebMD Health

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

National Cancer Institute

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Foundation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Women’s Information Network Against Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Cancer News On the Net

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition

Mothers Supporting Daughters With Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Online

National Breast Cancer Coalition

Breast Cancer Fund

Breast Cancer Action

Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Campaign

Cancer BACUP

Canadian Breast Cancer Network

Breast Cancer Society of Canada

Breast Cancer Action – Ottawa

Info Breast Cancer

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

National Breast Cancer Centre

National Breast Cancer Foundation

New South Wales Breast Cancer Institute

Early Warning Signs
Breast Tumor Information
Self-Exams & Diagnosis
Stage 3 Breast Cancer
Stage 4 Breast Cancer
Advanced Breast Cancer

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