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Breast Cancer

Most common cancer incident among women.

Accounts for about 30 – 40% of all cancers in women.

Common Symptoms:

  • Lump in the breast
  • Blood from nipples
  • Lump in the axilla
  • Retraction of Nipple

Diagnosis:

Tissue diagnosis either in the form of needle aspirations or gun biopsies done. Staging requires whole body PET scan or combination of CT chest, Ultrasound abdomen and bone scan (depending on the local stage and symptoms).

Treatment:

Breast conservation is possible depending on certain characteristics. Surgery followed by chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy is the main modality of treatment. Hormone therapy and targeted therapy based on hormone studies completes treatment.

Screening:

Annual screening mammography shown to be of benefit in age groups of 40 – 60 years.

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