NBCAW: Signs And Symptoms Of Breast Cancer

medium_8100979149Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?  Since many of our clients are going through chemotherapy treatments due to the diagnoses of breast cancer, we’d like to recognize the month of October by creating a blog series to educate on breast cancer.  After reading this blog, you’ll understand some of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and what to look for if you think you’re at high risk of developing cancer.

After age 45, it’s important for women to include mammograms as part of their annual preventive care physical.  Mammogram screenings have been responsible for early detection of breast cancer in large numbers, however in some cases mammograms are ineffective, so understanding what symptoms to look for becomes increasingly important.  Below are 7 symptoms of breast cancer:

  • Unfamiliar lump or mass
  • Full or partial swelling of the breast
  • Dimpling or irritated skin
  • Pain on the breast or nipple
  • The nipple turning inward
  • Thickening, redness, or scaling of the nipple or breast skin
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk

Cancer spreads through the body from the breast by traveling through the lymph nodes.  Because of this, soreness, swelling, or a lump under the arm or around the collarbone could be cause for concern and should be discussed with your health care provider.  If you have any of the aforementioned symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast cancer.  The best thing you can do is stay calm and consult with your doctor to confirm the cause of the symptom.

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