Many breast cancer symptoms are invisible and not noticeable without a professional screening, but some symptoms can be caught early just by being proactive about your breast health.

Perhaps the most recognized symptom of breast cancer is a lump or mass in the breast tissue. While many women go to their doctor after finding a lump, they should also be aware of any other changes to the breast or nipple.By performing monthly breast self-exams, you will be able to more easily identify any changes in your breast.

#Changes in Nipple Or Breast

  • Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
  • A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast  (some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture)
  • A lump in the breast( can be cancerous)

#Abnormal discharge or Itchiness

  • A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple other than milk obviously ( only for lactating mothers)
  • Irritated or itchy breast

#Changes in breast appearance

  • Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling anywhere on the breast
  • Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  • Unexplained shrinkage of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  • Recent asymmetry of the breasts (Although it is common for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other if the onset of asymmetry is recent, it should be checked.)
  • A nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted
  • Skin of the breast, areola, or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen or may have ridges or pitting resembling the skin of an orange

But don’t worry, if you fear that your symptoms aren’t visible enough you can always opt for screening. Breast cancer cannot be cured but it can be completely removed if detected at an early stage!

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