Breast cancer is a type of cancer than forms in the cells of the breasts. It is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States – one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Although breast cancer can occur in both men and women, the disease is rare in men.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:
- A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue.
- Change in the size, shape or appearance of a breast.
- Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling.
- A newly inverted nipple.
- Peeling, scaling or flaking of the pigmented area of skin surrounding the nipple or breast skin.
- Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange.
Unfortunately, it’s not clear what causes breast cancer. Researchers and doctors know that breast cancer occurs when some breast cells begin to grow abnormally. They have been able to identify hormonal, lifestyle and environmental factors that may increase the risk of breast cancer, but it's not clear why some people who have no risk factors develop cancer.
Factors that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer include:
- Being female. Women are much more likely than men are to develop breast cancer.
- Increasing age. Your risk of breast cancer increases as you age.
- A personal history of breast cancer. If you've had breast cancer in one breast, you have an increased risk of developing cancer in the other breast.
- A family history of breast cancer. If your mother, sister or daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, particularly at a young age, your risk of breast cancer is increased. Still, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
- Inherited genes that increase cancer risk. Certain gene mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer can be passed from parents to children. The most common gene mutations are referred to as BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes can greatly increase your risk of breast cancer and other cancers, but they don't make cancer inevitable.
- Radiation exposure. If you received radiation treatments to your chest as a child or young adult, your risk of breast cancer is increased.
- Obesity. Being obese increases your risk of breast cancer.
- Beginning your period at a younger age. Beginning your period before age 12 increases your risk of breast cancer.
- Beginning menopause at an older age. If you began menopause at an older age, you're more likely to develop breast cancer.
- Having your first child at an older age. Women who give birth to their first child after age 30 may have an increased risk of breast cancer.
- Having never been pregnant. Women who have never been pregnant have a greater risk of breast cancer than do women who have had one or more pregnancies.
- Postmenopausal hormone therapy. Women who take hormone therapy medications that combine estrogen and progesterone to treat the signs and symptoms of menopause have an increased risk of breast cancer. The risk of breast cancer decreases when women stop taking these medications.
- Drinking alcohol. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer.
Various treatments are exercised in order to treat breast cancer, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted drug treatments, palliative care and alternative medicine.
A breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, and recovery can be a long, difficult and slow process. Do you, a family member or your senior parent suffer from breast, or another form, of cancer? Synergy HomeCare Corona, Riverside and Anaheim Hills can help your loved remain comfortable during the cancer recovery stages. Our home health caregivers can complete household tasks, communicate with long-distance family members about a loved one's progress, and ensure the highest quality in-home care during nausea, anemia, pain and other complications.
Our in-home caregivers can provide:
- Scheduling, transportation and companionship for treatments and doctor's appointments.
- Watchful care during recovery from routine treatments.
- Prescription drug pickups.
- Assistance with daily activities.
- Housekeeping, meal preparation and nutrition management.
- Help with bathing, dressing and personal care.
If you or your loved one is in need of cancer recovery assistance, call Synergy HomeCare Corona, Riverside or Anaheim Hills. Our home health caregivers are ready to provide your family with moral support, encouragement and caregiving services to ease the recovery process.
If you’re interested in gathering friends and loved ones and raising awareness about breast cancer, register for the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure® here.
What: Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure®
Where: Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium and Levee
When: Registration and expo, 6 a.m. Sunday, October 16, 2016
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside
Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Synergy HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. Synergy HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at http://www.synergyhomecare.com/agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected] .