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Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) affects people of all ages and backgrounds. It is also classified as Stage 4 breast cancer. MBC is a cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body (usually bones, lungs, liver or brain). But, many people are not familiar with this deadly disease. That’s why the 13th of October has been set aside as a day for educating people about Metastatic breast cancer.
Insight on Metastatic Breast Cancer
Raising awareness to prevent breast cancer is crucial, but what about thousands of women already diagnosed with breast cancer now fighting a new, and extremely difficult, battle? Therefore, understanding the condition of those women, we are raising awareness about Metastatic breast cancer in the honor of this day. Here You will find some information about MBC symptoms and control :
Metastatic Bresat Cancer Symptoms
Symptoms of metastatic breast cancer depend upon where the cancer has spread to. The areas it often spreads to are the brain, bone, lungs, or liver.
Bone Metastasis Symptoms :
If cancer spreads to the bones, it can cause :
• Bone pain
• Broken bones
• Bowel incontinence
• High levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia), which can cause nausea, vomiting, constipation and confusion
• Weakness in the legs or arms
• Urinary incontinence
Brain Metastasis Symptoms :
Depending on where in the brain the cancer spreads to, it can cause :
• Memory problems
• Changes in senses controlled by the brain such as slurred speech, blurred vision, balance problems, dizziness, or anything else that seems unusual
• Personality changes
Lung Metastasis Symptoms :
If cancer spreads to the lungs, it can cause :
• A persistent cough
• Chest pain
• Shortness of breath
• Repeated infections of the chest
• Loss of appetite
• Coughing up blood
• A chest ache
• Heaviness in the chest
• Fluid between the chest wall and lung, or pleural effusion
Liver Metastasis Symptoms :
If cancer spreads to the liver, it can cause :
• Dark-colored urine
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
• Abdominal swelling or bloating
• Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes
• Pain in the right shoulder
• Pain in the upper right abdomen
• Enlarged liver
Metastatic Bresat Cancer Prevention : How to Reduce Risk
• Exercise Regularly : Exercise boost the body's immune system so it can help kill or slow the growth of cancer cell.
• Limit alcohol : If you are a Woman and you drink, limit your alcohol in take to reduce your risk.
• Don’t Smoke : If you are a smoker and have breast cancer, or if you are interested in lowering your breast cancer risk, quit smoking.
• Know the signs : Be aware of what's normal for you and tell your doctor about any changes.