Breast cancer is such a serious heath care issue now that we even celebrate a ‘breast cancer awareness month’ every year. Doctors are encouraging women to do mammogram screenings. These are some early signs of breast cancer detecting which can save your life.
Red and itchy nipples
If you see any reddening of the skin on your breast, then it’s a sign of breast cancer. You might feel itchy around that area. You may feel pain when touched, and the area might swell as well. In some cases, you might see something that resembles bruises.
Pain in the upper back region
If you have pain in your shoulder or upper back area, then it’s a symptom of breast cancer. This pain is similar to the muscle pain you experience after exercising. This pain will not go away by stretching, like in the case of muscle pain. Instead, the pain will extend to the bones. This happens when cancer spreads to the spine ribs.
Nipple appearance and size changes
If the cancerous tumor happens close to the area of the nipple, then it can easily be identified as the shape and size of your nipple changes very fast. The nipple tends to get flattened. You may also feel decreased sensitivity during sexual activity in your nipple area. If there is any discharge from the nipple even if you don’t press it, then it’s a sign of breast cancer.
Size of breast changes
The breasts change to an uneven shape. If there is a visible swelling of the breast, then also it’s a sign of breast cancer. In such case, you need to consult a doctor.
Lumps, swelling and pain in the armpit region
The lymph nodes present in the armpit is primarily affected by breast cancer. If you feel any pain in the armpit, then you must consult a doctor.
Whenever you notice any of these symptoms, consult a doctor immediately. Do mammography and show the results to your doctor. If detected early, breast cancer can be treated.