Breast cancer starts in the cells of your breast. Although it is far more common in women, men can also have breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States. Skin cancer is the most common cancer that is diagnosed in women. One in eight women will have breast cancer. This represents about 13% of the women in the United States.
There are two primary kinds of breast cancer. Lobular carcinoma begins in the areas of your breasts that are called lobules. These are what produce milk. Ductal carcinoma begins in the ducts (tubes) that transport milk from your breast to your nipple. This is the most common kind of breast cancer.
No one knows what causes breast cancer. It begins to develop when cells in your breast start to grow in an abnormal way.
Breast cancer in its early stages usually does not have any signs or symptoms. As it develops, you may experience some of these signs and symptoms:
Fluid coming from your nipple that may be clear-to-yellow or green and look like pus or be bloody
A lump in your breast or armpit that has uneven edges, is hard and does not hurt
A change in the shape, feel or size of your breast or nipple
A change in the skin over your breast, such as dimpling
Peeling or flaking of the skin of your nipple
Pitting or redness of the skin over your breast that is like the skin of an orange.
Signs and symptoms of advanced breast cancer include:
Unintended weight loss
Swelling of your arm that is next to the breast that has cancer
Discomfort of pain in your breast.
Men who get breast cancer usually have a breast lump and tenderness and pain in their breast.
You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This disease may be the cause of you or your loved ones disability. Breast cancer may be the reason why you or your loved one is not able to work.
If this is your situation, you may need assistance. You may need financial help.
Where will that help come from? Who will you be able to call on?
Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by breast cancer? Were you or your loved one denied?
If you decide to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, remember this. People who are represented by an insightful disability lawyer like the one you will find here are approved more often than those people who do not have an attorney.
Please do not hesitate. This is something that may affect you or your loved one for the rest of your life.