Common Breast Cancer Symptoms – Spreading Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we are sharing common breast cancer symptoms to be on the lookout for.

Different people have different breast cancer symptoms. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all.

Some warning signs of breast cancer are:

  • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast. [1]

It is encouraged for adult women of all ages to perform breast self-exams at least once a month. While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any changes. [2]

A breast self-exam can be performed in the shower, in front of a mirror, or lying down to try to detect breast cancer symptoms, such as a new lump in the breast or underarm.

If you do find a lump during your breast self-exams, schedule your appointment with Dr. Hill as soon as possible so he can review your breast cancer symptoms. He is conveniently open on weekends as one of the only OBGYNS in the area with Saturday hours.

You should not rely on breast self-exams alone to be sure that you are breast cancer free. Mammography can detect tumors before they can be felt, so screening is key for early detection. Be sure to schedule your routine mammograms with Dr. Hill in his office in Youngstown, Ohio.

The USPSTF recommends that women who are 50 to 74 years old and are at average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every two years. Women who are 40 to 49 years old should talk to Dr. Hill about when to start and how often to get a mammogram.[3]

Book your appointment with Dr. Hill today.

References

  1. “What Are The Symptoms of Breast Cancer?”

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/symptoms.htm

  1. “Breast Self-Exam”

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam

  1. “What is Breast Cancer Screening?”

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/screening.htm

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