Breast cancer is cancer that occurs in the breast cells of both males and females, but females are more at risk of getting it than males. For women, it is advisable to always monitor the way their breasts look in order to notice any changes in the size or shape and to always monitor if any new lumps appear anywhere on your breast or nipple area. You should always watch out for any signs or symptoms of breast cancer and perform a breast self-exam to watch out for anything unusual.
Signs/Symptoms of Breast Cancer
- Breast or underarm lump
- Swelling in your underarm or collar bone
- Breast pain and tenderness
- Changes in the way your nipples look
- Discharge from your nipples
- Changes in size or shape of breasts
- Change of breast skin
Breast or underarm lump
One of the first symptoms of breast cancer is lumps and usually doesn’t go away. Mammograms usually detect these lumps so it is important to have routine mammogram checkups.
Swelling in your underarm or collar bone
Sometimes breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes and cause swelling under your armpits or near your collar bones before the actual tumor starts growing
Breast pain and tenderness
Even though lumps usually don’t hurt, your breasts may feel extra soft and tender.
Changes in the way your nipples look
Changes in the way your nipples look include: becoming inverted, dimpled, soreness, changes in color, or redness.
Discharge from your nipples
Usually, nipple discharge is nothing to worry about, but you must monitor and speak to your doctor in case it does occur. Discharge from your nipple could be clear in color, bloody, or any other color.
Changes in size or shape of breasts
Any changes in size, texture, or temperature of your breasts may be a sign/symptom of breast cancer that needs to be checked out by a doctor.
Change of breast skin
Peeling, scaling, pigmentation, or any other changes of the breast skin could be a warning sign/symptom of breast cancer. Sometimes redness occurs on your breast tissue making it look like the peel of an orange.
Early detection of breast cancer increases survival rates, therefore it is extremely important to monitor for any changes that occur in your breasts. You know your body best, so if any changes happen to the size, texture, or shape of your breasts speak to your doctor immediately to perform the required tests/scans.
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