The harsh reality is that breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among women. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
A COUGH OR HOARSE THROAT THAT WON’T SUBSIDE
If some cancer cells break away from the primary cancer and move on to another part of the body, they can form another tumor, called secondary cancer. Cancer spreads to the lungs in 60-70% of women who become terminally ill from breast cancer. The most common signs are shortness of breath and dry cough.
It’s typically very severe and often associated with high levels of distress, unrelated to amount of exertion. Researchers believed this fatigue is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the body which the cancer creates.
UNEXPLAINED BACK PAIN
Back pain is a common medical problem – so common that 8 out of 10 people will experience it at some point in lives. Back pain associated with breast cancer may feel like pressure on the ribs and spine, or pain in the upper back that feels like it’s coming from the bones.
A NEW MOLE / CHANGE IN AN EXISTING MOLE
While moles are more commonly associated with a higher risk of skin cancer, they may also be linked to breast cancer. If you notice a new mole, or any type of change in an existing mole, visit a health care professional.
CHANGES IN THE BLADDER OR BOWELS
Breast cancer can cause hormonal changes that dry out the urethra, this is known as incontinence, and common signs: leaking urine during activities such as coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising, experiencing sudden, urgent needs to urinate, and urination that takes longer than usual. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with a health care professional.