Breast carcinoma is a form of cancer that originates from the breast tissue. This disease commonly occurs in women. However, men also may suffer from this illness.
What are the risk factors for this condition?
- The primary risk factor for this disease is increased age.
- Lack of childbearing and breastfeeding are also potential risk factors for this illness.
- Women, who had early puberty, are more likely to suffer from this disease. The incidence of this illness is higher in females who had a late menopause.
- Use of oral contraceptive pills can also increase the chances of developing this disease.
What are the symptoms of this disease?
The first noticeable sign of this ailment is a lump in the breast tissue. There can also be an inverted nipple, and dimpling of the skin overlying the breast. Women can also notice a change in the size or the shape of one breast in comparison with the other. Some other symptoms associated with this illness are given below:
- Enlargement of the lymph nodes in the armpit
- Abnormal discharge from the nipple
- Pain in the breasts
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
How to manage breast carcinoma?
Xeloda is a commonly prescribed anti-cancer drug for the management of this disease. The active ingredient of this medicine is Capecitabine. It works by inhibiting the multiplication of the cancer cells.
How to Use?
The exact dose of Xeloda varies based on the body surface area and size. The doses of this medicine should be taken twice per day, for 2 weeks, followed by a period of 1 week in which the drug should not be taken. Patients should continue taking Xeloda in this cyclical manner till the therapy is complete. Patients should consult a doctor to learn more about this drug.
Worldwide, cancer of the breast accounts for about 22% of all cases of carcinomas (excluding some skin cancers) in females. Also, about 13% of deaths in women occur due to this ailment. Using Xeloda as prescribed can help women as well as men in controlling the growth and the spread of this cancer and for preventing the fatal consequences associated with this illness