We can easily say that cancer is one of the deadliest diseases today. While a healthy diet can decrease the risk of developing certain cancer, other factors like genes can play a larger role. Once cancer spreads, it can be difficult to treat. Knowing early symptoms can help you seek early treatment to better your chances of remission. Well, this means that you should ignore these early warning signs and if you notice any of them, you should see your doctor immediately. And ladies, if the answer is yes to one or more of these effects, it’s important to see your healthcare professional immediately. Breast Cancer is the second highest killer of women the world over. An eighth of all women in the USA will develop breast cancer throughout the course of their life, with almost a quarter of a million new cases in 2016 alone. Apart from lung cancer, breast cancer kills more women than any other cancer going and women over the age of fifty are more at risk, which is why they should be breast aware at twenty-five. Men are not exempt from breast cancer either, as one in a thousand will develop the disease.
Note: these are merely a guideline and are not in any intended to be a diagnosis, so do not panic if you develop the symptoms. Any diagnosis should be made by a qualified doctor with the correct examinations, advice, and treatment. Without further ado, here are the symptoms again:
- Change in breast size
Ladies, you should be very careful and don’t ignore this warning sign. First of all, you should know that this could be a change due to periods, pregnancy, sexual arousal, or anything else that causes a shift in hormones. If it is not normal, you could be doing yourself a massive favor by checking it out further and catch the disease in the earliest of stages should there be a diagnosis.
Redness or rash
Redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple and it remains. Do not be alarmed by something of this ilk if it goes or has gone away, the problem arises when it stays there. That could mean there is an underlying cause and you should definitely consult your doctor.
Change in skin texture
Ladies, you should be very careful and if you find any form of puckering, looking like the exterior part of an orange peel, or dimpling lately in that region, it is high time to have a little chat with your friendly doctor. Some women do not even know that this is a symptom of the potentially life-threatening disease.
An inverted nipple
Inverted nipple – this is a nipple that pulls inward, like an innie belly button. Everyone’s nipples are different and some are naturally inverted, but if a nipple has suddenly decided to make a move to the dark(er) side, you had better make that doctor’s appointment sooner rather than later.
This pain is a dull ache in the described area. Sure, it could be anything from your hormones to being struck in that area to a bra that is badly fitted. Nevertheless, if it lingers on there and never goes away, it would be prudent and wise to seek medical advice.
Lump under your arm
And last, but not least important – new lump in the breast or underarm (armpit). Breast cancer is often painless in its early stages, but if you notice pain or feel a lump under your arm or in your breast, you should see your doctor. The cause of the discomfort may be a benign growth and not something to worry about, but it should still be checked out.