How to Identify the 12 Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Early symptoms of breast cancer are related to visible changes in the breast, especially the appearance of a small lump, which can occur in both women and men and, when discovered early, may increase the chances of cure.
The 12 symptoms of breast cancer that should not be ignored include:
1. Changes in breast size or shape.
2. Redness, swelling, warmth or pain in the skin of the breast.
3. Nodule or lump in breast, which is always present and does not decrease in size.
4. Swelling and frequent nodules in the underarms of the armpits.
5. Asymmetry between the two breasts, as, for example, one much larger than the other.
6. Presence of a groove in the breast, as if it were a sinking of a part of the breast.
7. Hardening of the skin of the breast, similar to orange peel.
8. Frequent itching of the breast or nipple.
9. Formation of scabs or sores on the skin near the nipple.
10. Release of fluid through the nipple, especially blood.
11. Sudden inversion of the nipple.
12. Easily observed and growing vein.
These symptoms may occur simultaneously or in isolation, and may be symptoms of early or advanced breast cancer. In addition, the presence of any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean the existence of breast cancer, but one should consult the mastologist, as it may be a benign nodule or an inflammation of the breast tissue, which requires treatment.
The earlier the signs and symptoms of breast cancer are detected, the greater the chances of cure, so it is very important that the woman follow the forms of screening, through regular mammography, in addition to the monthly self-examination of the breast.
Anyone can develop breast cancer. People who are older than 50 years old who have had a history of this cancer before or in the family, who are obese, sedentary, who consume excessive alcohol or who have change genetics of this type of cancer.
How to Identify Advanced Breast Cancer
Symptoms of advanced malignant breast cancer include, in addition to worsening breast symptoms and lesions, other signs not related to the breasts such as nausea, bone pain, loss of appetite, severe headaches, and muscle weakness. Generally, these symptoms are caused because advanced cancer causes metastases from the malignant cells to other organs of the body such as lungs and brain, so they should be observed by the mastologist as soon as possible.