Knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer can be challenging. While you might think breast cancer would display obvious signs, often times breast cancer can do undetected and show little to no signs in its early stages. But knowing your body, knowing the warning signs of breast cancer and performing regular self-exams can mean a higher survival rate.
Common Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Some of the most common signs of breast cancer that people recognize are lump(s) within your breast, but that isn’t the only thing to be looking for. And just because you may find a lump, doesn’t mean its cancer either. Some other common signs and symptoms to look for include:
- Nipple turning inward
- Enlargement of one breast
- Dimpling of the breast skin
- Lump in the underarm or breast area
- Redness of skin/irritation
- Nipple discharge
- Swelling of part of the breast
- Breast and/or nipple pain
However, having one or more of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean that you have breast cancer and it’s important to consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or signs.
Outlook and Preventative Measures
With any cancer, including breast cancer, early detection and treatment are major factors in determining survivorship. So, the best way to reduce your risk is by practicing self-exams and being familiar with how your body looks and feels. To learn how you can be performing your own self-exams, you can download our free Breast Test card to start practicing prevention.