We’ve all heard of the dreaded breast lump. An unknown or mysterious lump that appears on or around a woman’s breast is the most famous sign of a potential breast cancer diagnosis and should be reported to a healthcare specialist at once. However, there are several other early indicators of potential breast cancer.
There are a number of changes that affect the way a woman’s breast looks and feels that can serve as warning signs of breast cancer. The more aware of these warning signs women are, the more likely they are to notice something irregular during a self-examination or bring them up during a breast cancer screening appointment. This is obviously very important, since the earlier breast cancer is noticed and reported, the greater the chances of treating it before it can grow or spread.
We highly recommend speaking to your healthcare provider at once if you begin to experience any of the following breast cancer symptoms:
- Tenderness, sensitivity or thickening on or near the breast, breast or underarm
- Skin texture of the breast becoming red, itchy, scaly or tougher (similar to an orange peel)
- Any unexplained changes in the size or shape of one or both breasts
- Any new, unexplained dimpling of the breast
- Any random swelling of the breast, especially if it only occurs on one side only
- Previously unseen asymmetry of the breasts
- A slightly inward-turned or inverted nipple
- A nipple discharge that occurs when a woman is not breastfeeding
For most women, experiencing any of these symptoms will not mean a positive breast cancer diagnosis. However, when dealing with the possible threat of breast cancer, it is always better to be safe than sorry. The sooner you visit your healthcare provider, the sooner you can stop worrying about what a potential change to your breast might mean. And in the case that it does indicate breast cancer, it is certainly best to recognize this as soon as possible. For more information about breast cancer, please contact Pink Ribbon Story Foundation today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates.