It’s that time of the year again! October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness when major activities and campaigns around breast cancer increase to spread awareness about the disease and raise funds for cancer research, prevention and cure.
As a well-informed woman who is always up to date on health know-hows, you would probably want to know what are the signs and symptoms you need to look out for to win the fight against breast cancer. Early detection leads to a more successful treatment so we have compiled a list of early signs and symptoms of breast cancer in women that can help you be on top of your game.
Change in shape or size
Stand in front of the mirror with your hands side by side and look for any changes in the size, color of of your breasts. Mainly look out for any swelling, hollowness in the breast or changes in the nipple. Changes such as this could be a sign of breast cancer.
Change in texture
Feel the different areas of both of your breasts and identify if any particular lump or area feels thicker than the rest of the breast. Sometimes, changes like these are normal hormonal changes but it is important to keep an eye on such indications.
Changes in/around nipple
Another common sign of breast cancer is redness or rash around/on the nipple area. Also, look for other changes such as nipple’s position or shape and if it looks different than usual or if it is slightly pulled. Another important sign to notice is if any liquid is coming from the nipple without squeezing it.
Pain or swelling
Don’t ignore any minor or major feeling of pain in your breasts. Look for any uncomfortable feeling of pain in your armpit or on your breast and understand how often you feel the pain. Furthermore, look for any swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone area. These could indicate the possibility of breast cancer so do not take them lightly.
Most changes in breast are not the sure cause of breast cancer, they could also be due to certain hormonal changes. However, it is the most common cause of cancer in women because women do not find out what is causing the changes in their breasts.
If your General Practitioner (GP) is male and your are not comfortable with him or if you need a hassle free way of talking to a doctor, we have you covered. Talk to one of our GP’s online today to stay safe from the ailment of breast cancer.