Welcome to October. This month is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Detecting it early is important so that you can receive treatment. Every person should know the symptoms and signs of breast cancer, and anytime an abnormality is discovered it should be investigated by a healthcare professional. Most people who have breast cancer symptoms will notice only one or two, and the presence of these symptoms and signs does not automatically mean that you have breast cancer. By performing a monthly breast self-exams, you will be able to more easily identify any changes in your breast. Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if you notice anything unusual.
A Change In How the Breast Or Nipple Feels:
*Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
*A change in the skin texture or and enlargement of the pores in the skin of the breast (orange peel texture)
*A lump in the breast (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional but not all lumps are cancererous).
A Change In The Breast Or Nipple Appearance:
*Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast
*Dimpling anywhere on the breast
*Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
*Unexplained shrinkage of the breast (especially if on one side only)
*Recent asymmetry of the breasts (Although it is common to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if the onset of the asymmetry is recent it should be checked)
*Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted
* Skin of the breast, areola, or nipple that becomes scaly, red, swollen or may have ridges or pitting resembling the skin of an orange
Any Nipple Discharge–Particularly Clear Discharge or Bloody Discharge
*It is also important to note that a milky discharge that is present when a woman is not breastfeeding should be checked by her doctor, although it is not lnked with breast cancer.
We will bring you more information next week.