Top 11 GIVEAWAY SIGNS/SYMPTOMS of Breast Cancer, No. 1 will Shock You
Breast cancer is the commonest cancer in women.
Prompt notification is key to survival. There is need for you to be at alert and consult your doctor when you notice the following giveaway signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
Asymptomatic means no symtptom. Are you suprised why I put it first? Don’t be. It is because is the most dangerous way of its presentation. I needed to tell you that, so that you beware that you can still have breast cancer even when you look very healthy and bubbling.
Most persons in this category if they are lucky to go for the normal breast screening might be saved. The breast screening is very important if you are up to 40 years. Just once in a year, go the hospital and demand for breast screening.
2. BREAST LUMP
Because of this you need to be doing your own self breast examination every month. Anytime you are seeing your period, use it to remind yourself of the need to do self breast examination to see if there is any lump in your breast. If you get used to it every month, then anytime you notice any change in your breast consistency you will know easily.
Breast lumps are diseases on the their own. Cancers can also present as a lumpy mass on your breast. Having a breast lump is a risk factor too for breast cancer.
Read: What to Expect when going for breast lump removal surgery
Assymetry means you are comparing the two breasts. Take note of any obvious change. It could be a sign of cancer. Changes like, discrepancy in size, colour, smoothness, colour of the areola, size of the nipple, Position of nipple, deviation etc.
You must be very observant enough to be able to notice these changes. Cancer can come in any of the above assymetrical presentations. So always be vigilant about your breast.
4. BREAST SWELLING
The swelling could be in all or part of the breast. Breast cancers can present with breast swelling. And this is where your self breast examination will be useful again. Your ability to observe things will also help you. The swelling may or may not be painful. It doesn’t matter. The most important thing is that your breast is not suppose to swell in the first place. So don’t say, it’s not paining me, it’s not doing me anything, therefore no need to go hospital. You may be harming yourself badly.
5. NIPPLE DISCHARGE
Is any liquid something coming out from your nipple? It could be pus, blood, watery discharge , greenish discharge , milk etc. I know the breast is to produce milk, but you should not be discharging milk when you are not lactating.
So during your monthly self breast examination, squeeze your nipple and see if there is abnormal liquid discharge from the nipple.
6. RETRACTED NIPPLE
Nipple retraction is the indrawing of the nipple. Like as if something inside your breast is attached to the nipple and is drawing it inside.
7. BREAST PAIN
Breast pain could be anything. Almost all breast problems present with pain. But it’s better you take it serious and it letter turns out unserious than for you to just kill the pain with just paracetamol only to discover it’s full blown cancer later.
Breast pain usually go with swelling. In fact some cancers may not present with pain. And that’s why it’s dangerous. Because anything that doesn’t pain humans is not disease. So be on the watch.
8. SKIN CHANGES
Are there changes in the skin of the breast that was not there before? It could be a sign of breast cancer. Yes. Breast skin changes can come in form of dimples on the breast, rashes, scratching, lines, or peeling.
Anyhow it comes, the most important thing is, there is a change in the skin. Please take it serious.
9. LUMP IN THE ARMPIT
The cancer of the breast usually spread to the armpit. The lymph nodes there are the first to swell up. This is even a late sign. Because it means that the cancer has spread. So during the breast examination, the armpit must not be forgotten.
The armpit is part of the breast. In fact, there is a part of the breast that enters the armpit called the axillary tail of Spence. Palpate your armpit very well and check for swollen lymph nodes..
The itching is mostly in the nipple and or the areola. This should not be swept under the carpet. It may appear so unserious but never say never.
11. BREAST ULCER
Don’t say it’s an insect bite, or from scratching. Breast ulcer is a giveaway sign of breast cancer. It’s even a late sign. Be on the look out.
In summary: Top 11 breast cancer signs and symptoms you MUST NOT OVERLOOK
Top 11 GIVEAWAY SIGNS/SYMPTOMS of Breast Cancer
- Breast lump
- Breast swelling
- Nipple retraction
- Nipple dischage
- LUmps in armpit
- Skin changes
So next time you are entering the bathroom, get a mirror and look at that breast again
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