Breast & Cancer Clinic
Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth. There are over 100 different types of cancer and each is classified by the type of cell that is initially affected. Cancer harms the body when damaged cells divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses called tumors (except in the case of leukemia where cancer prohibits normal blood function by abnormal cell division in the blood stream). Tumors can grow and interfere with the digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems, and they can release hormones that alter body function.
In the Philippines, cancer is the third leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Over the period, communicable diseases decrease gradually while heart disease and cancer gradually increase.
At present, most Filipino cancer patients seek medical advise only when symptomatic or at advanced stages: for every two new cancer cases diagnosed annually, one will die within the year.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER?
When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms. As it grows, however, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels. Symptoms may include:
∞ New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
∞ Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
∞ Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
∞Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
∞Pulling in of the nipple or pain the nipple area.
∞Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
∞Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
∞Pain in any area of the breast.
HOW CAN I LOWER MY RISK OF BREAST CANCER?
∞ Control your weight & exercise.
∞ Know your family history. If you have a mother, sister, or daughter with breast cancer, ask your doctor what is your risk of getting breast cancer and how you can lower your risk.
∞Find out the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy.
∞ Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.