Breast diseases are extremely common in ladies in the middle east. Detection of a breast lump always raises a concern of cancer. But instead of getting scared, it is advisable to contact our expert breast surgeon in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. There are several myths about a breast lumps that should be kept in mind.
Myth 1: A breast lump is probably cancer. Most breast lumps – 8 out of 10 are not cancer. It is more likely to be a cyst (fluid filled sac) or a fibroadenoma (a non cancer growth). Some lumps come and go during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Myth 2: If you have a lump and your mammogram is normal, you don’t have cancer. While a normal mammogram is reassuring, you may need more tests, such as an MRI, ultrasound or a follow-up mammogram to take another look at the lump. You may also need a biopsy. Our experts in breast cancer will guide you exactly on which is the best test for you.
Myth 3: Breast cancer lumps are always painless. While this is true most of the time, painful breast lumps also need to be investigated.
Myth 4: If you find a lump while breastfeeding, it can’t be cancer. Again, while this is true most of the cases, if you notice a lump while you are breastfeeding don’t ignore it.
Myth 5: If you are young, a breast lump can’t be cancer. Not so. At any age, you should get breast lumps checked out by a doctor. Most women who get breast cancer treatment in dubai, sharjah and Abu dhabi are past menopause and usually older than 50.
A fibroadenoma is a non-cancerous lump in the breast that is commonly found in women under the age of 30. Upto 10% of young women can have a fibroadenoma. Fibroadenomas are usually small, painless and move under the skin. They are also known as “breast mouse.” They can increase in size during pregnancy due to effect of the hormones.
A Fibroadenoma need to be removed if:
- It impacts the natural shape of the breast
- It causes pain
- You are concerned about developing cancer
- You have a family history of cancer
- You received questionable biopsy results
“Removal of a Fibroadenoma is a simple surgery. You are discharged on the same day”
Fibrocystic Breast Disease
This is a non-cancerous condition in which a woman has painful lumps in her breasts. Fibrocystic breast is very a common disease but it isn’t dangerous. It can be a bothersome because it causes pain and discomfort. It is related to hormonal changes. Symptoms are most common just before or during your period. You can feel multiple lumpy thickenings in the breast that can be tender to touch. Fibrocystic breast disease does not increase the risk of getting cancer. But it makes it more difficult for you or your doctor to identify potentially cancerous lumps during breast exams. Some suspicious lumps may need a biopsy. Fibrocystic disease does not require surgical treatment. Birth control pills can reduce the pain and swelling.
When You Should Call Breast Specialist Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi
Call our experts in breast cancer if you experience any of the following symptoms because they may be signs of breast cancer:
- New or different lumps in your breasts
- Redness or puckering of the skin on your breasts
- Discharge from your nipple, especially if it’s clear, red, or bloody
- An indentation or flattening of your nipple
Breast Cancer Treatment in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that develops in the cells of the breast. According to our experts Breast Specialist in Dubai, Breast Cancer is the most common cancer affecting females worldwide.
“As per our Breast Cancer Specialists in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi there are excellent treatment options for Breast Cancer but the key is early detection and proper treatment by an expert.”
Breast cancer usually develops in ladies above the age of 50 years. But a suspicious breast lump should not be ignored at any age and must be evaluated properly.
Genetics: Five to 10 percent of all women who have breast cancer have the gene mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2. If you have these mutations, your lifetime risk for developing breast cancer is between 40 to 85 percent.
“Breast cancer has an overall 5-year survival rate of 85 to 90%. Early breast cancer (stage 1) has a 5-year survival rate of 98.5%”
Early breast cancer has no symptoms. The earlier breast cancer is found, the easier is the treatment. That is why early detection is so important.
“The best way to detect Breast Cancer is Regular Breast Self Examination”
Some symptoms that might indicate breast cancer are:
- Lump In the Breast
- Changes in the skin of the Breast: Irritation, redness, thickening of the skin and dimpling of the tissue
- Changes In the Nipple: Sudden inversion of the nipples, pain, or any abnormal discharge
- Underarm Lump: Feeling of any lumps or abnormal areas in the armpits. These are usually due to lymph glands that can get enlarged in breast cancer.
All breast lumps need further tests to make sure whether it is cancerous or not. These tests include special X-rays of the breast called Mammography, Ultrasound scan, and Biopsy. Genetic tests may also be required. All these tests are available with our expert breast cancer specialists in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
Stages of Breast Cancer
After breast cancer is diagnosed, doctors do tests to find out whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Stage 0 and 1 : The cancer has not spread beyond the breast.
Stage 2 : Cancer may have spread to the surrounding lymph nodes.
Stage 3 : Cancer may have spread to the lymph nodes, and possibly the chest wall.
Stage 4 : Cancer has spread to other parts of the body (like liver, bones)
“As with any other cancer, breast cancer is also treated by a team of experts in cancer care. This includes the expert breast surgeon, oncologist, radiation experts and plastic reconstructive surgeon.”
Treatment for breast cancer is always a combination of surgery to remove the tumour, followed by chemotherapy to kill any remaining tumor cells. Chemotherapy reduces the risk of cancer coming back. Sometimes radiotherapy is also done after surgery.