Unfortunately, breast cancer affects many women. Fortunately, if you catch it early enough, it is much easier to treat and isn't as fatal. This is why it is so important that women know the signs of breast cancer so that they can protect themselves. Here are some signs of breast cancer that you should be aware of.
1. Asymmetry in The Breasts
As a general rule, your breasts should be similar in size and shape. It is normal to have slight variation so long as it has been that way the majority of your life. The concern comes when one breast becomes either larger, smaller, or changes in shape. If you start to notice that one breast has become plumper, or is shrinking, but the other breast is still exactly same, this is a sign that it could be a problem.
2. An Unexplained Lump Or Growth
Another important thing to watch for is if the breast has a lump or growth around it. The lump doesn't always appear right on the breast, it could be by the under arm, above the breast or around it. This could still be a sign of breast cancer.
The best way to detect this is do self-examinations. While in the shower, you should rub your palm flatly over the breast. Don't be afraid to push down pretty hard so that you can feel the soft tissue all around the breast. If there is a lump you should be able to feel it.
3. A Discharge From The Breast
For some women who have breast cancer they will experience a discharge from the breast. It might just be a clear or yellow fluid, or it could be bloody. Even if you are breast-feeding and you have a bloody discharge, you shouldn't ignore it. This could be a sign that something is wrong.
4. Nothing Is Different
This is the scariest symptom of all, nothing! Some women don't have any symptoms, but there is cancer growing in their body. This is why it is so important to get your screenings done when your doctor recommends them. If you don't miss your yearly pap smear and mammogram, you will be more likely to catch the cancer before it spreads to the whole body. This is why it is recommended to talk to your doctor if you notice any of these signs mentioned, and to never miss a screening.