Every woman should be aware of the symptoms and signs of breast cancer to be able to find it early which increases her chances of successful treatment. Performing monthly breast self-exam is very important as it will help you to easily identify any changes in your breast. And once you notice any abnormal change in your breast, you should immediately visit your doctor. Here are some of the alarming signs of breast cancer that you should consider visiting your doctor once you notice any of them.
• A lump in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer. These lumps are often hard and are painless. Although breast lump can be a sign of breast cancer, there are benign of breast conditions that can cause lumps and that means that not all lumps are cancerous. But anyways, all lumps should be investigated by a health care professional.
• Swelling in or round your breast, collarbone, or armpit can be a sign of breast cancer. A swelling in your breast can be caused by inflammatory breast cancer which is an aggressive form of the disease. On the other hand, swelling or lumps around your collarbone or armpits can be caused by breast cancer that has spread to lymph nodes in those areas.
• If your breasts feel hot or look reddened, that may be an infection such as mastitis that is common between women who are breastfeeding. But these signs can also be caused by inflammatory breast cancer.
• Breast tumor is likely to be found beneath the nipple, which can cause changes in the look of the nipple. If your nipple turns slightly inward, inverted or flattened, be sure to see a doctor.
• The presence of any discharges from the nipple when a woman is not breastfeeding should be
checked. If this discharge is bloody, milky or watery it may be alarming, although in most cases it is not linked to breast cancer and is caused but injury infection or a benign tumor.
• Generally, breast cancers do not cause pain in the breast, but some do. It is normal for women to experience breast pain before their periods and this pain often disappear once menstruation begins. Also, this pain can be related to benign breast conditions that cause sudden pains. But if you experience a severe or permanent pain in your breast you should be investigated by your doctor.