In the USA, most types of breast cancer are found at an early stage, before warning signs appear because of the use of regular mammography screening. Unfortunately, not all types of breast cancer are found through mammography.The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. A change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge are the most common signs.
In this article, we’re going to present you some of the warning signs of breast cancer. If you notice some of them, visit a specialist immediately!
IN MOST CASES, THESE CHANGES ARE NOT CANCER.
For example, breast pain is more common with benign breast conditions than with breast cancer. The only way to find out is to see a specialist.It would be the best to discover it it at an early stage, when the chances of survival are the highest if it still is breast cancer.
Breast lumps or lumpiness
Many women may find that their breasts feel lumpy.The breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture. Some women have more lumpiness in their breasts than others, but in most cases, this lumpiness is no cause to worry.If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, it is probably normal breast tissue.A sign of breast cancer or a benign breast condition (such as a cyst orfibroadenoma) may be lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel like a change should be checked.
Visit a specialist if you:
- Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from the rest of your breast
- Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from your other breast
- Feel something that is different from what you felt before
- If you are unsure about a new lump (or any change) it’s best to see a specialist.
Although a lump (or any change) may be nothing to worry about, you will have the peace of mind it was checked.If you have had a benign lump in the past, don’t assume a new lump will also be benign. The new lump may not be breast cancer, but it would be the best to make sure.
- Liquid leaking from your nipple (nipple discharge) can be troubling, but it’s rarely a sign of breast cancer.
- Discharge can be your body’s natural reaction when the nipple is squeezed.
Signs of a more serious condition (such as breast cancer) include discharge that:
- Occurs without squeezing the nipple
- Occurs in only one breast
- Is bloody or clear (not milky)
Nipple discharge can also signify an infection or other condition that needs treatment. You should also visit a specialist if you have any nipple discharge.