How does the breast cancer start?

The normal cell replicates in an orderly fashion. This process is very intricately governed by various check points to ensure that the new daughter cells are an exact replica of the mother cell. 

If there is a rogue cell it is repaired or removed from the cell cycle. Sometimes these checkpoints fail and the rogue cell escapes and starts dividing and growing compromising the function of the normal cells. This eventually takes over vital organs and causes damage.

What type of pain is linked to breast cancer?

Patients may experience pain, a dragging sensation, or heaviness due to some breast mass. But breast malignant masses can be painless too. Painless or painful, any symptom in the breast should not be ignored.

Does a pain in your breast mean cancer or what does it mean if you have a pain in your breast?

Pain may be due to many reasons. Muscle pain, shoulder joint pain, neck pain may also extend to breast and be perceived as breast pain.

Breast pain can also be due to normal hormonal cyclical changes that occur with every period.

What does the pain feel like when you have breast cancer?

It can range from feeling heavy, dull dragging sensation to sharp throbbing or shooting pain. As I said earlier pain or no pain breast pumps should be evaluated.

Is it normal to have a pain in your breast?

Cyclical pain before periods is quite normal. It typically occurs a few days before periods and gets better with the onset of periods.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer besides a lump?

One must remember symptoms are an indication and not confirmation. There could me many reasons other than cancer for any of the symptoms that we keep talking about.

Painless or painful lumps both should be investigated.

Blood stained or watery nipple discharged, change in the nipple areolar area and skin should also be evaluated. 

How does it feel when you have a cyst in your breast?

A breast cyst may be painful, and can present with a lump.

Can stress cause breast pain?

A feeling of tightness may be experienced in very stressful situations sometimes.

Do breast cyst go away on their own?

Most Breast cysts are a part of natural involutional change that happens with age. Many small ones disappear on their own.

Are itchy breasts a sign of cancer?

Not always. Common things are commoner. Dry skin is the usual cause for itching besides fungal infection. A rare condition called Paget's disease can present with itching and scaling around the nipple areola. This needs to be investigated.

What is dimpling of the breast?

When the skin of the breast gets pulled inwards due to a growth within it produces dimpling

Can you be completely cured of breast cancer?

Early breast cancers can be cured very effectively.

What is the survival rate for stage 0 breast cancer?

The survival rates for early breast cancer are very good.

Is chemotherapy always necessary for breast cancer?

 Not really. The stage and the biological subtypes determine the need for chemotherapy. 

Is chemotherapy painful?

No. It is not painful. Administration of the drugs is usually intravenous like any other infusion. We take certain precautions. Post administration for a few days one might feel uncomfortable. It is important to rest and keep hydrated.

How does a woman's weight affect her risk of breast cancer?

Obesity increases the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer. There is a lot of ongoing research on obesity, chronic inflammation as a cause of breast cancer. Estrogen may also play a role in these people.

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