Know the Signs of Breast Cancer

There are several different symptoms of breast cancer that you should be aware of. When dealing with signs and symptoms of possible breast cancer, a ‘better safe than sorry’ approach is best. You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting yourself from breast cancer. The best thing that you can do for yourself is to have your doctor examine you immediately if you should discover any of the following symptoms. We will discuss some of the most common symptoms of breast cancer that you should know.

Lumps

Lumps are the most commonly known possible symptom of breast cancer. However, there are many different things that a lump found inside your breast could be. The best course of action is to seek your doctor’s opinion as quickly as possible. Your doctor may recommend testing to be done such as; mammogram, MRI, or an ultrasound. In some cases, a doctor may choose to perform a biopsy. A biopsy is taken to examine the tissue of the growth to determine whether it is benign or malignant.

Pain

If you experience pain, especially in a focused area of one breast, alert your doctor immediately. Pain is an obvious indication of your body telling you that something is wrong. If the pain is localized in one breast, it is not likely a hormonal effect and should be examined. Let your doctor know exactly where you feel irregular pain.

Changes in the Nipple

If you notice an irregular change in the appearance of your nipple, have your doctor take a look. These changes could include, a change in color, size, or even leaking from the nipple. There are normal biological changes that occur in the nipple. However, if you notice that one nipple, in particular, has changed noticeably, and the other has not, get it to check out as soon as possible.

Changes in the Breast

Biologically, you will experience many changes in your breasts. If one breast has suddenly taken a different shape or size than the other, consult your doctor. Breast sensitivity and firmness are other characteristics that you should keep an eye on as well. Regular breast exams are an excellent way to have this professionally monitored.

Be Sure

Never overlook a symptom and hope that it goes away on its own. The best thing you can do for yourself and your long term health is to get an exam at the earliest sign of a symptom. You are much better off and have a far better chance at recovery if you identify cancer early.