Breast Changes to Look Out For
If you notice any changes to your breast, do not delay. Have them checked by your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Posible Signs of Breast Cancer
- A change in the shape or size of one breast.
- A lump in the breast or the underarm area.
- A change in the appearance of the skin on the breast or the areola (the area around the nipple).
- Nipple tenderness.
- Nipple turning inwards.
- A nipple that appears dry or has flaky, peeling skin.
- Blood or other discharge from the nipple.
- In most cases cancer in the breast grows as a lump (known as a tumour).
- Three-quarters of breast lumps are NOT cancer.
- A small painless lump could be cancer.
- A large lump may well not be cancer.
- Breast cancer does not always grow as a lump.
The only way to be sure whether a change is cancer is to get it checked out. This way you will know if you don’t have to worry or, if it is cancer, start treatment before the disease gets more difficult to treat.
A change in your body that shows you might be unwell is called a ‘symptom’. Some women notice one or more symptoms of possible cancer, but they don’t realize they may be in danger because they feel healthy.
Even if you feel completely well you could have cancer, so get any changes checked out.