Breast cancer - Diagnosis and early detection

Breast cancer -
Diagnosis and early detection

It is a well-known fact that breast cancer is the most common type of malignant tumour in women worldwide. Less well known is the fact that it can also affect men in rare cases. The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Taking into regard the complete lifetime, breast cancer affects 12 out of 100 women.

Early detection dramatically increases the chances of recovery, but breast cancer is malicious. The disease can often last for a long time without inducing any symptoms. Thus, regular breast examination is all the more important. Regular self-examination, gynaecological check-ups and so-called mammography screening are recommended for early detection. Mammography is an examination of the female breast by means of x-ray in combination with ultrasound. Most treatment successes begin with the early detection of the disease as part of such an examination. You should be examined immediately if you discover a lump in the breast during self-examination, contraction of the skin, changes to the nipple, swelling of the lymph nodes in the area of the armpit or secretion from the nipple.

The instruments of breast cancer diagnosis include manual examination, classic mammography in connection with an ultrasound examination, Kernspin mammography in acute suspect cases and the examination of tissue samples.

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