Breast cancer does not typically show symptoms until it has advanced to later stages, so it is often diagnosed through mammography before physical signs are present. However, it is important to know what signs to look for during a monthly breast self-exam so that you can seek medical attention for symptoms that could be caused by cancerous cells. Here is an overview of three common symptoms that could be the result of breast cancer:
- Pain or soreness in the breast: Pain associated with breast cancer can vary. It may be isolated to one area of the breast, causing a sharp sensation, or it can be soreness accompanying changes to the skin. When any type of pain does occur, you should make a note of what it feels like and its duration so that you can easily discuss the specific symptom with your doctor.
- Discharge from the nipple: There are many potential causes for discharge from the nipple, but there are some key signs that indicate discharge associated with breast cancer. When discharge appears without touching the nipple, contains blood, or only comes from one breast, tell your doctor about it right away.
- Changes to breast tissue: Most women are aware that a lump in the breast tissue is something to alert the doctor about, but there are other changes to be aware of. Changes to the skin, including rashes, changes in breast shape or size, and dimpling in the skin are also signs that can indicate breast cancer.
If you have identified any of these signs or you are interested in breast cancer screening and prevention, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marla W. Dudak, MD. Dr. Dudak's practice is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer using the most advanced technology available for cancer care. Learn more about us on our website or give us a call at (888) 418-6759.