One of the most prevalent cancers in women worldwide is breast cancer. Breast cancer comes in two flavours: symptomatic and asymptomatic. If the malignancy is asymptomatic, it is more challenging for breast cancer sufferers. In some situations, the condition becomes more severe because people are unable to diagnose it quickly enough to begin therapy. Dr. B.S. Ankit Nehra, Consultant Medical Oncologist, HCG Cancer Centre Jaipur, stated in an interview with HT Lifestyle, “Breast cancer can also be asymptomatic, which makes it challenging for the person to diagnose because there are no outward indications or symptoms. Therefore, at a certain age, it is crucial for women to undergo routine cancer screenings in order to assure early detection, improve survival rates, and reduce the likelihood of invasive therapies.”
Dr. B. S. Ankit Nehra added the following symptoms to his list:
A fresh lump or bulk that may be soft or rigid.
Pain in the breast or nipple
Retraction or discharge of the nipples (when the nipple turns inward instead of being outward)
Swelling: Even when there is no lump, the breast or certain areas of it may swell.
Dimples: Dimples in the skin (sometimes looking like an orange peel)
Swollen lymph nodes under the arm or close to the collarbone are known as lymph nodes.
To accurately identify breast cancer, a variety of diagnosis options are also available. These include:
Diagnostic mammography: The most popular method for detecting breast cancer early is diagnostic mammography. The device uses low-energy X-ray technology to scan for breast cancer warning indicators, such as the emergence of lumps in the breast area.
Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): In high-risk patients, breast MRI frequently serves as the main alternative to a mammogram for the purpose of detecting breast cancer. The test has a better sensitivity for abnormalities than a mammogram.
Breast Ultrasound: When screening women with increasing breast density using mammography, breast ultrasound can be utilised as a correction.
Dr. Suhas Aagre, an oncologist and haematologist at Cancer One Clinic in Chembur and ACI Cumballa Hill Hospital, discussed the treatment options for asymptomatic breast cancer “Depending on the symptoms, tumour stage, and location, the course of treatment would change from patient to patient. To improve your quality of life, it is crucial to heed the doctor’s recommendations.”