As a woman ages, many changes can occur in her breasts. Some of these changes are benign, but others can pose a danger to her health. It is important to visit an experienced breast cancer specialist whenever you notice any changes in the size, shape, appearance, or texture of your breasts. Listed below are some of the signs that indicate you may need to visit a breast health specialist to evaluate your condition.
- Redness or dimpling of the breast: In some instances, the skin of the breast can become dimpled or puckered and appear much like the skin of an orange. This can be a sign that a tumor has developed near the outer layers of the skin, preventing healthy lymphatic drainage and causing fluid buildup. This condition can be the result of breast ulcers or breast cancer.
- Breast or nipple pain: Discomfort in the nipples or breasts can have many causes. From light abrasion to mastitis, many causes are not life threatening and can be treated by your primary care physician. Breast pain can, however, be a sign of breast cancer. For this reason, it is important to have any abnormal breast pain evaluated by a specialist, especially if it is accompanied by nipple discharge.
- Lump in the underarm or breast areas: Lumps in the breast, especially those that occur with other abnormal breast symptoms, should be evaluated by a specialist as soon as possible. While many lumps are benign, it is vital to have any physical changes screened to rule out breast cancer.
Dr. Marla W. Dudak is an experienced, fellowship-trained breast cancer specialist serving the men and women of Boca Raton, Florida. If you are interested in learning more about protecting your health through prevention or expert diagnostics and treatment, please contact her practice today at (888) 418-6759. Dr. Dudak is happy to answer your questions and help you reach optimal breast health.