1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, whether it’s detected early or at a more advanced stage. It’s a condition that can impact women’s health and life in major ways, and if left untreated and undetected, can lead to mortality. However, between 2013 and 2018, death rates decreased by 1%, indicating the success of detection and advanced treatments.
Knowing the importance of breast cancer detection and screening, both self-screening medical, here are some signs and symptoms of breast cancer that you should never ignore:
Perhaps the most well-known symptom of breast cancer is a lump in your armpit or breast. While several medical conditions may cause lumps, including various fibrocystic conditions, you should look out for lumps that feel soft, rubbery, or hard. Any formation is important to feel and flag.
Redness and skin irritation aren’t very common symptoms, but it’s important to have it checked out if you notice it. Often it results from a rare but aggressive type of cancer known as inflammatory breast cancer, and when coupled with other symptoms such as pain, swelling, and lumps, it may be a clear indicator.
If you notice that your nipples have become inverted suddenly, it may result from breast cancer. Some people are born with inverted nipples, or other conditions may cause this to happen. However, if you find that one or both nipples are now inverted, and there are also other symptoms such as unusual or bloody discharge and pain, you should contact a healthcare provider.
Another symptom is the appearance of ulcers that appear on the nipple, areola, or breast. Ulceration in the breast tends to emerge in more advanced stage breast cancer, making it all the more urgent to inform your doctor and seek out a diagnosis. If you notice any skin ulcers, dimpling, or even hardening and thickening, please do not delay seeking help.
Breast cancer affects many women across the world, but early detection and timely intervention can be the difference between life and death for many. It may also play a major role in remission, recovery, and longevity.
Please schedule an appointment and visit the center for complete care and guidance on what the next step should be and join hands with us in the fight against breast cancer.