Mahima Chaudhry opens up about her breast cancer; Know the causes and symptoms

Pardes actress Mahima Chaudhry revealed on June 9 that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and made a full recovery after treatment. In a moving video shared on Instagram by veteran actor Anupam Kher, Mahima revealed the shocking news. The music video shows her revealing her difficult journey and how she struggles with it.

Chaudhry spoke with Anupam Kher about his diagnosis and therapy in the seven-minute music video. She said she found out she had breast cancer during her annual checkup. Cancer cells were identified during a biopsy. Chaudhary collapsed when told she needed chemotherapy. However, she was convinced that she would recover.

Over the past few years, we’ve had a lot more celebrities outside of Chaudhary who have opened up about this disease. It has become one of the most preventable cancerous diseases today. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), a woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is approximately 13%. This equates to a one in eight chance of contracting the disease. This requires awareness, so let’s know

What causes breast cancer?

Breast cancer develops when the DNA in breast cells mutates or changes, leading to the deactivation of key processes that govern cell growth and division. These mutant cells frequently perish or are targeted by the immune system. However, some cells evade the immune system and proliferate uncontrollably, eventually developing a tumor in the breast.

The key to minimizing your risk of breast cancer is to focus most of your prevention efforts on controllable risk factors while remaining vigilant in monitoring those you cannot influence.

What are the symptoms?

Breast cancer symptoms differ from person to person. However, general symptoms can include:

A change in the size, contour or shape of your breast.
A volume or piece that can be as small as a pea.
A lump or thickening in or around your breast or armpit lasts for the entire menstrual cycle.
A change in the appearance or texture of the skin on your breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed).
Burning of the skin or visible redness on the breast or nipple.

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