Breast cancer is one of the most widespread forms of cancer, and as such it’s important to know what symptoms to be on the watch for. And even if you aren’t at risk for breast cancer yourself, being able to know the signs can help to get a loved one properly diagnosed and treated; therefore, it’s a great idea to be informed about these symptoms even if they might never apply to you directly.
What To Look For:
Changes in how one or both breasts feel. If your breasts are more tender than usual or are exhibiting an odd changes in appearance, it’s a good idea to get evaluated by a doctor. Especially get an examination done if you discover any lumps or bumps that shouldn’t be there. Also watch out for any changes in size or shape in one or both breasts, as well as changes in your nipples (such as nipple retraction, where they turn inwards).
Nipple discharge. If any sort of fluid is discharging from your breasts at a time when you’re not breastfeeding, get examined by a dcotor as soon as possible. Often, unusual discharge (particularly if it’s bloody) can be a sign of a tumor (although the tumors that cause bloody discharge are typicaly papilmmoas and technically benign, it’s still of the utmost important to get a doctor’s opinion).
Pain in breasts or nipples. If you are experiencing significant pain or discomfort in your breasts or nipples, get an examination done as soon as possible.
Swollen lymph nodes. In some cases, cancer can spread to nearby lymph nodes and be noticeable there before a lump is even discovered in one of your breasts. Therefore, it’s also important to be on the lookout for swollen lymph nodes; if your lymph nodes are swollwn, you should consult with your primary care physcian right away.
One more important thing for us to tell you is that the symptoms of breast cancer are not the same for all women; some women may develop all these symptoms, some women may develop only certain symptoms, while other women might never show any symptoms at all. Each and every case is unique, and while the list of symptoms we’ll be providing for you here can help, it is by no means an extensive means of identifying and diagnosing breast cancer; if you have genuine concerns about your health of that of a lvoed one, don’t hesitate to consult with a professional physician.
Additionally, the symptoms we’ve discussed here can all have medical causes other than breast cancer. Therefore, it’s very important to have a proper cancer screening done by a medical professional in order to determine the true cause beind your symptoms and proceed from there depending on whether or not your diagnosis is one of breast cancer.