Early detection of breast cancer while it is small and confined to the breast provides the best chance of effective treatment. Being aware of the normal look and feel of your breasts is important. If you notice any changes, see your doctor.
Everyone’s breasts look and feel different. You may have lumpy breasts, one breast larger than the other, breasts that are different shapes, or one or both nipples that are pulled in (inverted), which can be there from birth or happen when the breasts are developing.
Become familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts. There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts for any changes. Try to get used to looking at your breasts regularly by standing in front of a mirror with your arms by your sides as well as with your arms above your head or pulled back. You can feel your breasts in the bath or shower, when you use body lotion or when you get dressed.
Just decide what you are comfortable with and what suits you best.
Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone.
When you check your breasts, try to be aware of any changes that are different for you.
“I felt a lump,” is a common phrase for those who have had a breast cancer diagnosis, but there are many other symptoms or warning signs to watch for.
Breast changes may include:
a lump in your breast or underarm (armpit)
thickening, swelling or changes in the size or shape of your breast
irritation or dimpling of your breast skin
redness, crusting or flaky skin in your nipple area or your breast
inverted nipple or pain in your nipple area
nipple discharge other than breast milk .
Most breast changes are not likely to be breast cancer. However, if you find a change in your breast that’s unusual for you, see your doctor without delay for assessment.
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*This article does not provide medical advice and is intended for informational purposes only.
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