Warning Signs of Breast Cancer in Women
The warning signs of breast cancer vary from woman to woman. Yet, there are some common warning signs that may indicate that breast cancer is present. These signs all pertain to something that is not normal or regular for you. They include a change in the look or feel of your breast, a change in the look or feel of your nipple, or if you experience a nipple discharge when there is no good or normal reason for it.
Having one of these signs does not automatically mean that you have breast cancer. It just means that an indication is present that is consistent with those who have had breast cancer.
As the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry, and it is always better to find any cancer earlier than later, for the best chances of survival. So if you are experiencing any of these signs of breast cancer, please see a health care provider immediately. If you do not have a regular health care provider and need assistance in locating one, you may call the number provided in this site for assistance.
Some of those changes that look like signs of breast cancer, are in fact non-cancerous breast conditions, such as fibrosis, cysts, hyperplasia of the breast, lobular carcinoma in situ, adenosis of the breast, fibroadenomas of the breast, phyllodes tumors, intraductal papillomas and granular cell tumors, to name a few. This list is meant to inform you that there are many conditions that are not cancerous, and thus life threatening. Yet, these many other conditions should also be given proper treatment, as with any health issue.
One of those particular changes that may be a warning sign is a lump or lumpiness in your breast. Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture, so not all lumps are an indication of breast cancer. But if new lumps are found, then it’s time to have it checked out. Often the troubling lump is one that feels harder or different than any other part of your breast.
Another particular change is a nipple discharge. Normal discharges from your nipples will occur, especially if they are squeezed. But if a discharge occurs without a squeezing, or if the discharge is occurring in only one of your breasts, or if it is bloody or clear (and not milky), then you should have it checked out immediately. Again, this potential warning sign of breast cancer does not mean that you actually have it. You may simply have an infection or other non-life threatening condition. Yet such conditions may also need treatment.
In any case, being prepared and catching any issues early on gives you peace of mind.