“In the Netherlands, one in 7 women is diagnosed with breast cancer,” says Carla van Giles. “Although the survival rate has increased with the development of new technologies, more than 3,000 women die each year from breast cancer.”
This is too much, says the well-known ambassador Quinty Trustful Coffee time. “Therefore it is important to check for frequent changes in your breasts so that a possible diagnosis can be made in a timely manner.”
Changes in the breast
Breast cancer can take many forms. The most common symptom is a tumor on the breast. “A tumor feels like a hard spot on the breast. It can occur anywhere in the breast because breast cancer grows in the mammary glands,” explains Van Giles.
“If you divide a breast into quarters, there will often be lumps in the upper part of the breast on the outer side because there is more glandular tissue. But that doesn’t mean you should only check there,” she warns.
Other symptoms of breast cancer include pits and teeth on the skin, changes in the shape and size of the breast, dense veins, hardening or orange peel. “Some women feel a burning sensation within themselves,” says Quinty Trustful.
Also a change in the nipple can indicate breast cancer. Von Giles explains how it can be: “A scab on the nipple, fluid from the nipple and a withdrawn nipple can all be reasons to see a doctor.”
Realize and see
As many people think, you can not only realize the potential precursors of breast cancer, but also see them. That’s why it’s good to look at your breasts as well. “Every time, raise your hands in front of the mirror and read your breasts,” explains Trustful. “Once you know how they are, you will quickly see a difference. You can see how breast cancer changes the shape of your breasts.
Be careful not to overdo it, they warn. “You don’t really have to check every day. You’ll not notice gradual changes anymore,” explains Van Giles.
If you notice a change in the breast, it is a good idea to see your doctor. “Of course, an abnormality doesn’t have to be cancer,” Van Giles assures. “It can also be caused by something else like a cyst. If you notice a change, you can see if it disappears after the cycle or over time. However, it is important to be vigilant. The sooner you come, the more likely you are to have a successful treatment.
The pink ribbon bracelet, which will be available for breast cancer research, will be in stores until the end of 2021.
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