Symptoms and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
There are constant changes in a woman’s breast due to her period, during pregnancy or after menopause. Of these changes some are normal; some are not. Consequently, it’s important for a woman to know how her breast looks and feels to detect any abnormalities. One such abnormality to look for is any hint of breast cancer. Knowing more about the symptoms and the diagnosis of breast cancer can help you gain a better understanding of the disease as well detect the cancer early.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Sometimes a painless lump in the breast is the first sign of breast cancer. However, many women do not notice this or even if they do, they tend to ignore it thinking it’s a normal change in their breasts. Early detection gives a better chance of a successful treatment.
There are various symptoms that can help you identify breast cancer:
- Recurring lumps in the breast (one of the earliest signs of breast cancer)
- Swelling of all or part of the breast
- Irritation or dimples in the breast skin
- Pain in the breast or nipples
- Inward turned nipple
- Reddening, scaling or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk
- A lump in the underarm area