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Signs Of Breast Cancer In Women

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Breast Cancer-Signs & Symptoms

The best way to deal with breast cancer, both before being diagnosed and after, is to be completely knowledgeable about it. Educating yourself about its symptoms, signs and causes can help you detect it early and also avoid it. With every one woman in eight being at the risk of getting breast cancer, it is the best thing we can do for ourselves.

To understand breast cancer, it is important that you understand its signs and symptoms so you can detect it at an early stage and prevent any further harm.

Signs & Symptoms

The first subjective sign or first symptom of breast cancer is a lump that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue. As per the Merck Manual, more than almost 80 percent of breast cancer cases are detected by a women when she feels a lump through a breast self examination. The American Cancer Society states that the first medical sign of breast cancer is detected by the physician when he discovers it through a mammogram. Another indication of breast cancer is the detection of lumps in the lymph nodes located in the armpits, as the first area it starts spreading to is the lymph nodes there.

There are other signs or symptoms as well, like:

  • Change in the size of the breast,
  • Change of the shape,
  • The skin of the breast starts dimpling,
  • There is nipple inversion,
  • Spontaneous single nipple discharge,
  • Pain in the breast (mastodynia) is not a reliable symptom, but can also be indicative of other breast problems.

About the author: Danielle Summers works as a counsellor specialising in helping the patients of life threatening diseases such as cancer. She also likes to talk about her work through her articles over the internet.

Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/cancer-articles/breast-cancersigns-symptoms-1117831.html

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can a man examine a women’s breasts while checking them for lumps and signs of breast cancer?
    In step by step detail.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay go here:

      http://www.thefamilygp.com/how-to-examine-your-breasts.htm

      You can search it on google or yahoo under videos and they will show you step by step.

  2. QUESTION:
    does every women experience signs before being diagnosed with breast cancer?
    I am a little worried about my mom. They found a tumor in one of her breast and she had not gotten a mamography done in the past 8 yrs.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      There are not always obvious signs of breast cancer. Your mom should be followed by her doctor after her breast cancer treatment to screen the other breast.

      Best Regards,

      John Di Saia MD

  3. QUESTION:
    breast cancer? woman only?
    so i was reading my medical term book and i came across the femalereproductivee system. i saw that one sign of breast cancer is a dimple in the breast. that got me kinda scared because whenever i rub lotion on my breast (the middle between my breast)dimpless come than go away. its only like 2 dimples. im not sure if dimples on your breast have to be there all the time to be considered breast cancer, or come on and go if you rub them. Im pretty big, like 34 D so i do get nervous about this stuff, im only 22 sthat’sts not that old. so im just wondering if anyone else has experienced dimples on their breast or can give me information about this.no i dont have insurance so i cant just go get checked by a doctor or have a mammogram. any info would be welcomed. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      First all please go get checked I understand about the cost but you cannot put a price on your life. There are programs that do free mammos for people. As far as the person that answered they are benign HOW DO YOU KNOW!!! Did you perform a biopsy to tell this?? I had a dimple 4 years ago and I was diagnosed with Stage 3b Breast Cancer last October. I am now a cancer survivor. I know that it might be scary but it will give you peace of mind to go get it checked out. I was 29 when the dimple first appeared and now I am 33. Eventhough Breast Cancer at your age is rare it can happen.

      Please go get checked!!! Don’t be like me and wait if I would have got it checked out then I probably would have been almost Stage 1.

      REMEMBER THE BEST PREVENTION IS EARLY DETECTION

  4. QUESTION:
    Warning signs on breast cancer?
    Hi everyone. I went to the doctor recently and i am having some woman problems but when my doctor was doing a routine exam before my pap smear, she said she found lumps in both of my breasts and then asked if anyone in my family had experienced breast cancer or is currently going through it. I told her that my grandma (dad’s mom) had it in 1993 and it got bad enough that she got one of her breasts removed. I also told her my mom suffers from cysts in her breasts but the doctor had told her they were nothing to be worried about.
    My doctor told me that breast cancer has been known to skip generations and that she wants me back in a month for my other problems in a month (which it will be a month in about 1 1/2 weeks) and to keep an eye on it and if my breasts actually start to hurt..let her know, because my nipples have been in a lot of pain and sensitive to the touch for over a month now…
    well, last week my actual boobs started hurting, behind the nipple, and around it…i guess i am not sure if there are “signs” to look for to be cautious….besides the lumps or not.
    Any person experience is very welcome!
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      you should visit to the doc again and told her

      but if the lums are right behing (inside) the nipple then it could be the problem of lumps

      anyways if you have this kind of pain and itch for the first time in your entire life then definitely something is goin very bad and dangerous for you

      hope for the best

  5. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of breast cancer?
    Hi everyone. I went to the doctor recently and i am having some woman problems but when my doctor was doing a routine exam before my pap smear, she said she found lumps in both of my breasts and then asked if anyone in my family had experienced breast cancer or is currently going through it. I told her that my grandma (dad’s mom) had it in 1993 and it got bad enough that she got one of her breasts removed. I also told her my mom suffers from cysts in her breasts but the doctor had told her they were nothing to be worried about.
    My doctor told me that breast cancer has been known to skip generations and that she wants me back in a month for my other problems in a month (which it will be a month in about 1 1/2 weeks) and to keep an eye on it and if my breasts actually start to hurt..let her know, because my nipples have been in a lot of pain and sensitive to the touch for over a month now…
    well, last week my actual boobs started hurting, behind the nipple, and around it…i guess i am not sure if there are “signs” to look for to be cautious….besides the lumps or not.
    Any person experience is very welcome!
    Thank you!
    Chucky–how dare you….keep your effing mouth shut. How rude.

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer doesn’t ‘skip a generation’.

      In fact breast cancer is hereditary in only 5 – 10% of cases. You can inherit one of the two rare faulty genes known to be responsible for hereditary breast cancer ONLY if one of your parents carries it – in which case you have a 50% chance of inheriting the gene.

      If your grandmother’s is the only case of breast cancer in your family then it’s almost certainly not hereditary, and if she was diagnosed after the age of 50 (as 80% of breast cancer patients are) it’s even less likely to be hereditary.

      And I see from your profile that you’re 20. The chances of breast cancer at your age are almost zero; it’s almost unheard of in under 25s and fewer than 0.1% of all those diagnosed are under 30. Only 5% are under 40.

      When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was classed as young and allocated to the breast care nurse whose special interest was breast cancer and younger women. I was 50.

      The odds are very much in your favour

      Early breast cancer usually has no symptoms. Pain is rarely a sign of breast cancer – most people diagnosed have felt no pain.

      Possible signs of breast cancer are:

      change in size – one breast may have become noticeably larger or lower

      nipple change if it becomes inverted (pulled in) or changes its position or shape

      rash on or around the nipple

      discharge from one or both nipples

      puckering or dimpling around nipple

      swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone (from lymph nodes)

      lump or thickening that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue – but remember that most breast lumps are not cancerous

      constant pain in one part of your breast or in your armpit.

      You say both breasts are lumpy and painful; the chances of breast cancer in both breasts simultaneously are low.

      I reported Chucky for you and it seems to have done the trick