Are There Warning Signs of Breast Cancer?

Categories: Breast Cancer, Cancer Screening

August 1, 2016

We all know that early detection of breast cancer saves lives yet many women often take a “wait and see” attitude when they notice a change in their breasts. We’re busy. We think it will go away. Oh, it’s probably nothing. Why take that chance? The experts at Compass Oncology and survivors everywhere urge you to see your doctor immediately if you notice: 

  • A new lump or mass
  • Swelling of all or part of the breast even if you don’t feel a lump
  • Pain in the breast or nipple
  • Nipple discharge
  • Nipple retraction or turning inward
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast tissue

We can’t stress enough that any new mass should be evaluated by a doctor skilled in breast cancer diagnosis. It’s a misconception that if the lump isn’t painful, it doesn’t need to be checked. Even though it’s true a mass that’s painless and hard with irregular edges is more likely to be cancer, breast cancers can be tender, soft or rounded, even painful. 

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