Mahima Chaudhary opens up on her breast cancer; Know the causes and symptoms

Pardes actress Mahima Chowdhary on June 9 revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has made a full recovery after treatment. Mahima revealed the shocking news in an emotional video shared on Instagram by veteran actor Anupam Kher. The video clip shows her revealing her difficult journey and how she is fighting it.

Choudhary talks to Anupam Kher about his diagnosis and treatment in a seven-minute video clip. She said she found out she had breast cancer during her annual check-up. Cancer cells were identified during biopsy. Choudhary broke down when she was told that she needed chemotherapy. However, she was convinced that she would be fine.

In recent years, apart from Chaudhary, many other celebrities have come out in open about this disease. It has become one of the most preventable cancer diseases at present. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), a woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is about 13%. The chance of getting this disease is equal to one in eight. It demands awareness, so let’s know-

What causes breast cancer?

Breast cancer develops when the DNA in breast cells is mutated or altered, rendering key processes that control cell growth and division disabled. These mutant cells are often destroyed or targeted by the immune system. However, some cells evade the immune system and spread uncontrollably, eventually developing a tumor in the breast.

The key to reducing your risk of breast cancer is to focus most of your preventive efforts on controllable risk factors, while being vigilant in monitoring those you may not be able to influence.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of breast cancer vary from person to person. However, common symptoms may include:

A change in the shape, contour, or appearance of your breast.
A bulk or lump that can be as small as a pea.
A lump or thickening in or around your breast or armpit lasts throughout your menstrual cycle.
Changes in the appearance or texture of the skin in your breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or swollen).
Irritation or redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.

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