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by Pamela Rittenhouse October 15, 2015

…Warning Signs of Breast Cancer?

Thanks to awareness of the fabulous benefits of mammography in screening for breast cancer, as well as other imaging advances, the disease in most women is picked up very early and staged for treatment well before there are any warning signs. This is a great thing because it has increased survival for patients tremendously. Having said that, not all breast cancers are detected by mammography. We need to know the warning signs of breast cancer so we don’t miss them. If these signs appear, we want to recognize them quickly and take action fast.

So, What Are the Warning Signs?

The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common signs are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge. Be sure to watch for these signs and get in touch with your healthcare provider right away.

  • Lump, Hard Knot or Thickening inside the Breast or Underarm Area
  • Swelling, Warmth, Darkening or Redness of the Breast
  • Change in the Size or Shape of the Breast
  • New Pain in One Part of the Breast that Does Not Go Away
  • Puckering or Dimpling of the Skin
  • Itchy, scaly Sore or Rash on the Nipple
  • Pulling in of Your Nipple or Other Part of the Breast
  • Nipple Discharge that Starts Suddenly

Often, experiencing some of the conditions above is not breast cancer but a benign or noncancerous breast condition. But you cannot know that for sure unless you see your doctor or other healthcare provider.

It may help to look at images that give you an idea what the symptoms listed above may look like. Examples are available online. So is more in-depth information on this topic. We encourage you to take a few minutes, read, learn and remember. Getting our mammograms and clinical breast exams plus self-exams are terrific, but we can’t stop there.

Knowing the warning signs is just as critical. It’s one more way of Standing Up to Breast Cancer.

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