This Breast Cancer Diagnosis Is a Likely Sign You’re Going to Die Soon
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about breast cancer. Whether you get your facts from loved ones who’ve been through it or strangers who have lost close friends to it, it’s important to know that many types are treatable. There is hope.
Unfortunately, there is one breast cancer diagnosis in particular that could mean your chances of survival are slim. Here’s what that looks like — and what you can do to prevent it.
What causes cancer?
Cancer develops when cells in any part of your body begin to divide abnormally without stopping. Possible causes range from age to lifestyle factors to hormonal abnormalities. Mutations during cell growth throw everything off-balance.
Unfortunately, cancer will seek to invade as much of you as possible once it starts developing. All the way down to your DNA, your body changes — and not for the better.
Next: These are the most common causes of this type of cancer.
How does breast cancer develop?
Cancer can develop pretty much anywhere in the body. Cells begin to divide uncontrollably wherever a mutation occurs.
Some common symptoms of breast cancer include lumps in the breast tissue, nipple changes or discharge, rashes on or near the breasts, upper back pain, and more. Not everyone with this type of cancer will experience all symptoms, but if you’re experiencing any of them, it’s better to be safe and speak with your doctor.
Next: This is what happens when this type of cancer spreads.
How does breast cancer spread?
As long as cancer cells stay isolated within the breasts, your chances of survival remain relatively high. Breast cancer becomes much more serious when it spreads from the breasts to other parts of the body — creating a cancerous invasion that’s much harder to control.
Often, this occurs when the cancer enters the lymphatic system, which allows it to travel to any part of the body easily.
Next: Is it possible to prevent cancer from spreading?
Can you stop this from happening?
Any type of cancer becomes more deadly as soon as it spreads from its original location to other parts of the body. In breast cancer specifically, this happens in the latest stage of the disease.
Early detection is your best defense against the most dangerous form of breast cancer. This means not only being aware of early warning signs and performing regular self-exams, but also getting screened as often as your health care provider recommends.
Next: Will you die of this type of cancer?
Is metastatic breast cancer a death sentence?
Unfortunately, metastatic, or stage IV, breast cancer is often fatal. By this point, the cancer — once isolated in one or both breasts — has spread to a person’s bones, liver, or even their brain. The more cancer spreads, the harder it is to treat.
While researchers are constantly developing new treatments to increase survival rates, some men and women will make it through. Many will not.
Next: These are the deadliest cancers you can develop.
Is breast cancer the deadliest type of cancer?
Over 41,000 women lost their lives to this type of cancer in 2014. Your chances of survival decrease depending on its stage. Women and men diagnosed with stage II breast cancer have a 93% chance of surviving five years. Those with stage IV have a 22% five-year survival rate.
Other types of cancer also have high mortality rates, especially in later stages — including ovarian, colorectal, and uterine cancers.
Next: Here’s what you can do to decrease your cancer risk.
Can you reduce your risk?
You can’t control cancer risk factors like your age or gender. However, there are plenty of lifestyle factors you can control to decrease your chances of developing this type of cancer.
Avoiding or quitting smoking and monitoring your alcohol intake are a few of the more obvious steps you can take. Eating a healthy, high-fiber diet and exercising at least 150 minutes or more each week can also increase your chances of living a longer, cancer-free life.
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