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    Breast Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Medications

    Breast cancer is diagnosed in more than 230,000 women in the United States each year, making it the second-most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer. When caught early, breast cancer is often treatable with surgery -- this makes knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer incredibly important. Here, we'll review the top five symptoms of breast cancer along with some of the most commonly used medications for treating breast cancer. If you or a loved one has questions about breast cancer, this guide can help. Read on to learn the top five symptoms of breast cancer and medications that can help.

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    What are the top five symptoms of breast cancer?

    Here are the top five symptoms of breast cancer to look out for. First is the presence of a lump or mass within the breast tissue. Second is a change in the size or shape of the breast -- it could be larger or smaller. Third is a change in the size or shape of a nipple. Fourth is a nipple that grows slightly inward or becomes covered with scaly, red skin could be a sign of breast cancer. Fifth is dimpling on the breast.

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    What is the best way to catch breast cancer early?

    There are two things women should do to detect breast cancer early. The first is to conduct routine self-examinations of the breast to check for lumps, toughening tissues and the abnormalities listed above. Second is scheduling regular doctor visits for physical exams and other tests that can uncover previously unknown growths.

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    What is Verzenio?

    Verzenio is a form of targeted therapy that attacks and disrupts the spread of cancer cells. It is the third drug of its kind to gain FDA approval as a breast cancer treatment.

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    What is Afinitor?

    Afinitor, or everolimus in its generic form, is another targeted therapy that interferes with the growth and spread of breast cancer cells. It can also be used for treating other types of cancer such as kidney cancer or brain tumors.

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    What is Kisqali?

    Kisqali, available in generic form as ribociclib, is a medication used against specific types of metastatic breast cancer. This daily medication is currently being studied as a possible treatment for patients whose bodies have grown resistant to other forms of cancer.

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    What is Ibrance?

    Ibrance, or palbociclib in generic form, is a selective-inhibitor drug used in the treatment of ER-positive and HER2-negative breast cancer. It is used in combination with other drugs depending on the patient's type of cancer.

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    What is Tykerb?

    Tykerb, or lapatinib in its generic form, is a type of chemotherapy used for treating breast cancer and several other types of cancer. Chemotherapy is one of the most traditional forms of breast cancer treatment.

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    What is Nerlynx?

    Nerlynx, or neratinib in its generic form, is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that interrupts the growth and spread of cells in breast cancer tumors.