Approximately 4 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Breast cancer.
As the disease is the second most common type of cancer in women, the rates of women with breast cancer have decreased over the past 20 years. 40,000 people are expected to die this year. Surgeons at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance say men can also be diagnosed with the disease.
Dr. Carlos Garcia-Cantu discusses some symptoms women should look for.
“This type of pain is different than the usual pain. It’s not the normal pain that most patients feel before their menstrual cycle. You’re going to have in the breast. This is a constant, sometimes it’s localized to a perfectly defined spot on the breast. The other thing is they feel a lump, or they feel swelling, they feel some redness in the area.”
Adding mammograms is the only way to reduce the risk of Breast cancer.
Dr. Garcia-Cantu encourages women over the age of 40 to get mammograms every year. He also says not breastfeeding and high stimulation of estrogen on the breast is a major cause of breast cancer.
“If you don’t have any children, who can stop the cycling, that can be a problem because your body isn’t releasing the estrogen.” Says the Dr. Garcia-Cantu.
Women are not the only ones affected. For every 100 women with cancer one male will have Breast cancer.
“An investigation has to be made in those with breast cancer, in males, in the family, because the family may be affected.”
Sasha Brown who lost her mother to breast cancer at the age of 16 shares the experience of her first mammogram. “It was super scary, I didn’t want to do it, but after I did, I was very happy. I decided to encourage everyone to do it.”
Those diagnosed with Breast cancer without insurance can receive federal assistance and treatment at no cost through emergency Medicaid insurance.