Signs of breast cancer besides a lump
Knowing how your breasts look and feel is a critical part of breast health. Although having regular screening tests for breast cancer is important, it’s a good idea to be aware of any sudden changes in your breasts. Here’s more.
Some people with breast cancer experience visible changes to the breast. This is often an early sign of breast cancer. The skin may begin to itch or tingle, and you may notice redness. Inflammatory breast cancer can cause swelling, and a dimpled look to the skin (like an orange peel texture).
Change in breast size
Another sign of breast cancer is changes to your breast size. For example, one breast will grow larger than the other. If you notice any unexpected changes to your breast size, you should visit your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
In the early stages of breast cancer, the breast may look completely normal. As cancer progresses, swelling can indicate an issue or remain unnoticed. The arm and the underarm on the same side of the body (where the breast cancer tissue is), may also swell.
The pain may start when the lump presses on nearby nerves. Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare form of the disease that can cause tenderness or burning pain in your breast. This type of breast cancer spreads very quickly, so it’s advisable to see your healthcare provider if you experience any unusual breast pain, not related to menstruation.
Discharge from the nipple
Nipple discharge is any fluid that comes from the nipple. Discharge from breast cancer tissue may appear yellow or white, liquid or thicker in consistency. The discharge may also look like blood.
Although these signs can be caused by things other than breast cancer, if you experience any of the signs I’ve mentioned, inform your health care provider to be diagnosed.
Knowing what to look for doesn’t take the place of having regular check-ups and other screening tests. Screening tests can help detect breast cancer early, before any signs appear. This gives you a better chance of successful treatment.
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