Every woman should know the symptoms and signs of breast cancer, and any time an abnormality is discovered, it should be investigated by a healthcare professional. Most people who have breast cancer symptoms and signs will initially notice only one or two, and the presence of these symptoms and signs do not automatically mean that you have breast cancer.
- Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
- A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast (some women describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture)
- A lump in the breast (it’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous
By performing monthly breast self-exams, you will be able to more easily identify any changes in your breast. Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if you notice anything unusual. Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancer was detected by women who were able to feel a lump. Adult females of all ages should do monthly breast exams.
Mammograms detect lumps too small to be felt. Women aged 40 and older should have a mammogram every 1-2 years. Women younger than 40 should speak with their physician if they have a family history of breast cancer.
At Sharon Hospital, we’re helping hundreds of women across our area fight back against breast cancer each and every day. We offer a full range of services to foster good breast health – including screenings to detect cancer at the earliest and most treatable stages.
Call now and schedule your mammogram, 860-364-4468.