Breast Awareness Month: Symptoms of Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Everyone’s breasts are different, and your breasts can change with age and at different times of the month. It’s important to get to know how your breasts normally look and feel so it will be easier to spot if there are any unusual changes for you.
If you do spot any unusual changes to your breasts you should get them checked out by your doctor.
Finding out about breast cancer signs and symptoms can help you understand what breast changes to look out for.
Lumps are vital to look out for, and for many women the first sign or symptom of breast cancer is a lump in their breast. But many women have breast lumps and most of them are benign (not cancerous), and there are other important signs and symptoms too.
Changes to check for:
Lump – may not be seen, but might be felt.
Either in the breast, upper chest or armpit?
Or unusual thickening of the breast tissue
Is there any unusual pain?
Either in part of the breast or the armpit?
e.g. dimpling or puckering
Any change in size or shape?
For example, one breast might become larger or lower than the other.
E.g. the breast may look red or inflamed.
Any change in skin texture?
Such as puckering or dimpling of the skin of the breast.
Appearance or direction of the nipple
What about the appearance or the direction of the nipple?
E.g. one might become inverted (turned in) when it normally points out.
One or both nipples might have a discharge.
It’s as simple as TLC
TOUCH your breasts. Can you feel anything unusual?
LOOK for changes. Is there any change in shape or texture?
CHECK anything unusual with your doctor.
Love your breasts – be breast aware