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Breast cancer: Watch out for these symptoms


Oct 7, 2019
Breast cancer: Watch out for these symptoms
It’s time to talk about the C-word. Last year, there were more than two million new cases of breast cancer around the world, according to the World Cancer Research Fund. While anyone can be diagnosed with the disease, women need to be particularly on guard. In fact, the illness is now the most commonly occurring type of cancer in women.
One of the best ways to protect yourself is to perform self-examinations and keep an eye on warning signs. So, do you know the main symptoms of breast cancer and how to spot them? Let’s take a look
  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no lump is felt)
  • Skin dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel)
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Nipple or breast skin that is red, dry, flaking or thickened
  • Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
  • Swollen lymph nodes (Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt.)
Although any of these symptoms can be caused by things other than breast cancer, if you have them, they should be reported to a health care professional so the cause can be found.

Remember that knowing what to look for does not take the place of having regular mammograms and other screening tests. Screening tests can help find breast cancer early, before any symptoms appear. Finding breast cancer early gives you a better chance of successful treatment.

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