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.
Where are breast cancer lumps usually found?
Breast cancer can occur anywhere in the breast, but it is most common in the upper, outer section, where it can be found near the surface or deeper inside the breast, close to the chest wall, or in the armpit area, where there is more breast tissue (a.k.a. the “tail” of the breast).
Is it normal to feel a lump in your breast?
However, 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 previously.
What do most breast cancer lumps feel like?
Breast cancer tumors are rigid with firm, angular edges, resembling rocks rather than grapes.
What does a cancerous lump 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 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.
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.
How can you tell the difference between a lump and breast tissue?
If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels the same as the rest of your breast, it’s most likely normal breast tissue; however, if you notice any lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of your breast, you should have them checked by a professional.
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.
When should I be concerned about a lump in my breast?
Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) should be checked because they could be a sign of breast cancer or a benign breast condition (like a cyst or fibroadenoma).
Where are breast cysts usually located?
Cysts are fluid-filled, round or oval sacs in the breasts that are often felt as a round, movable lump that may also be tender to the touch. They are most commonly found in women in their 40s, but they can happen at any age.
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”).
How long can you have breast cancer without knowing?
Breast cancer must divide 30 times before it can be felt, and neither you nor your doctor can detect it until the 28th cell division. Because most breast cancers take one to two months to divide, by the time you can feel a cancerous lump, the cancer has already been in your body for two to five years.
How do you tell if a lump is a tumor?
However, the only way to know for sure whether a cyst or tumor is cancerous is to have it biopsied by your doctor, which involves surgically removing part or all of the lump and examining the tissue under a microscope for cancer cells.
How do you tell the difference between a cyst and a tumor?
A cyst is a hollow sac or capsule filled with tissue, fluid, air, or other material, whereas a tumor is a solid mass of tissue.
When should you get a lump checked?
If your lump is painful, red, or hot, if it is hard and does not move, if it lasts longer than two weeks, or if it grows back after it has been removed, see your doctor.