Stage 1 breast cancer is cancer that is still confined in its primary location. Although it’s growing, the disease has not yet spread to other body parts. Stage 1 breast cancer occurs in different sub-stages known as 1A and 1B. If identified early, the disease can be treated effectively with excellent prognoses.
When breast tumors are identified as stage 1, they are still small, and if they have spread to lymph nodes at all, the spread is very microscopic. Stage 1A breast cancer means that the tumor is very small and hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes. Stage 1B is when the disease is already in the lymph nodes, but still small, the size of a pinprick.
The stages of breast cancer are determined by the TNM system of classification. The system stages the disease by tumor size, if it has spread to any lymph nodes or if the cancer has progressed to other parts of the body.
Stage 1 breast cancer is very treatable since it is in a localized stage. Knowing your stage of tumor can help you get the best treatment option available to eliminate the disease completely.
Although uncommon, early breast cancer can cause signs and symptoms which may not be detected through a mammogram. Here are some of the stage 1 breast cancer symptoms to watch out for:
Contact your physician immediately the moment you experience any of these symptoms. Also, remember that the symptoms may be caused by other illnesses as well. But since breast cancer is the most common, it is recommended to confirm with the doctor and rule out breast cancer.
Breast cancer can be fatal if not treated. However, treatment options are available and can be more effective if diagnosed early.