Warning Signs of Breast Cancer – Do You Know What To Watch For?
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to see a doctor if you’re concerned about signs of breast cancer. Don’t wait to see a doctor if you notice a change in your breast or underarm area.
Breast cancer warning signs differ from woman to woman, so if you notice any of the warning signs listed below, see a doctor right away. In most cases, these changes aren’t cancer, but the only way to know for sure is to get it checked.
Breast lumps or lumpiness
Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast should be checked; if the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, it’s likely normal breast tissue. If you’re concerned about a new lump, see a health care provider.
If you have any nipple discharge, see a health care provider for more information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Nipple discharge can be your body’s natural reaction when the nipple is squeezed, or it can be caused by an infection or other condition that requires treatment. If you have any nipple discharge, see a health care provider for more information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
What kind of lumps are normal in breasts?
The majority of breast lumps u2013 about 80% of those biopsied u2013 are benign (non-cancerous). Here are some of the most common benign breast conditions that cause lumps: numerous, small multiple cysts (lumpy, fluid-filled sacs, or “pockets”).
What does normal breast tissue feel like?
Breast tissue is often nodular (lumpy) and varies in consistency from woman to woman; even within a single woman, the texture of her breast tissue changes at different times during her menstrual cycle and throughout her life.
How do I know if a lump in my breast is normal?
The majority of breast lumps are benign, which means they aren’t cancerous. They have smooth edges and can be moved slightly when pressed against, and they are commonly found in both breasts. There are several common causes, including normal changes in breast tissue, breast infections, and injury.
What do cancerous lumps feel like?
Cancerous lumps are usually hard, painless, and immovable, whereas cysts or fatty lumps are usually slightly softer to touch and move around. This is based on personal experience: I discovered a rubbery, painless moveable lump in my neck that was not cancer.
What should I do if I feel a lump in my breast?
If you notice a change in your breast or underarm area, see a doctor right away. If you feel a lump in your breast, don’t panic or be concerned; most lumps aren’t breast cancer and are caused by something less serious, such as a benign breast condition. Some lumps go away on their own.
Is it normal to have lumps in breast?
That’s understandable, but breast lumps are common, and the majority of them are benign (noncancerous), especially in younger women. However, any breast lump should be evaluated by a doctor, especially if it’s new, feels different from your other breast, or feels different from what you’ve felt before.
Can breast tissue feel like a lump?
Lumps, tumors, and other things that can be felt in the breast can all feel remarkably similar: firm, as opposed to the normal, more spongy tissue of the breast, and irregularly shaped, rather than a sphere or ball shape.
What is the normal breast shape?
1-9 What is the shape of a normal breast? A pear-shaped breast with a tail of breast tissue that extends under the arm, and some women with breast tissue that can be felt in the armpit.
Why Does My breast hurt when I press it?
Breast pain, also known as mastalgia, is common and accounts for 45-70% of breast-related health-care visits. The good news is that most causes of breast pain are benign (non-cancerous) and can be as simple as hormonal changes in your body or a poorly fitting bra.
When should I be concerned about a lump?
Any lumps larger than two inches (roughly the size of a golf ball), that grow larger, or that are painful regardless of their location should be discussed with your doctor. u201cTell your doctor about new lumps or other symptoms that cannot be explained or that do not go away in a few weeks,u201d Dr.
When should I go to the doctor for a breast lump?
Make an appointment to have a breast lump evaluated if it feels firm or fixed, does not go away after four to six weeks, or you notice skin changes on your breast, such as redness, crusting, dimpling, or puckering.
When should you check your breasts for lumps?
If you have gone through menopause, do your monthly self-breast exam on the same day every month, about 3 to 5 days after your period starts. Your breasts are not as tender or lumpy at this time in your monthly cycle, so do it at the same time every month.
What is usually the first sign of breast cancer?
Swelling in your armpit or near your collarbone. Swelling in your armpit or near your collarbone is often the first symptom of breast cancer. Your doctor can usually see a lump on a mammogram long before you can see or feel it.
What do cancer lumps look like on breast?
A cancerous lump can feel rounded, soft, and tender and can appear anywhere in the breast; in some cases, the lump can even be painful. Some women have dense, fibrous breast tissue, making it more difficult to detect lumps or changes in their breasts.
How can you tell the difference between a cyst and breast cancer?
Breast lumps are common and are signs of changes in breast tissue; however, most breast lumps are not cancerous. Breast lumps (all breast lumps should be evaluated by a doctor), nipple discharge, and changes in the skin overlying the breast are all symptoms of breast cancer and breast cysts that are similar.