Frequently Asked Questions

Q What is Breast Cancer?
A Uncontrolled proliferation of cells that originate in breast tissue leads to formation of a lump or mass called a tumor. This can spread locally as well as to other body parts.
Q Is it possible to save the breast even after diagnosis of Breast Cancer?
A Yes, if the cancer is diagnosed in an early stage and the tumor size is small, the breast can be saved. It is known as Breast Conservation surgery.
Q Does saving the breast increase the chances of getting cancer again?
A No, saving the breast does not increase the chances of getting cancer again.
Q What can be done for early detection of Breast Cancer?
A By doing self breast examinations, and having regular clinical examinations and mammography, women can detect breast cancer early and save lives.
Q What is mammography?
A It is an X ray of the breast that can detect even non-palpable lumps.
Q Are all breast lumps cancerous? Are they painful?
A Only one out of ten breast lumps turns out to be cancer. Cancerous lumps are usually painless. Breast engorgement during menses is a normal change.
Q What are the risk factors of Breast Cancer?
A The risk factors are:
  • Early menarche
  • Early menopause
  • Nulliparous women
  • Women who do not breast feed their children
  • Postmenopausal obesity
Q When should I consult a doctor?
A One should consult a doctor whenever there is:
  • A breast lump
  • Swelling on the breast skin
  • A change in shape of breast
  • Ulcers on breast/ nipple
  • Nipple retraction
  • Blood stained nipple discharge
  • A lump in the axilla