While some cancers show no signs of symptoms there are some cancers that can be prevented by using awareness and education. Breast cancer, which is considered to be a highly genetic cancer, is pretty impossible to stop or prevent, but there are steps that you can take which will help you catch it before it is too late.
By learning about the breast cancer symptoms below, you will be on the track to prevention.
After each period, complete a thorough self-check-your doctor has been telling you this for years, but sometimes it can be a bit confusing. First of all, always conduct this check on the days following the completion of your period. Simply lay on your back and race your arm over your head. Use a few fingers to feel the entire breast, gently massaging the area and feeling for anything that stands out. And also, don’t forget to check your armpit. While not discussed often, the armpit is an area where breast cancer symptoms can be discovered.
Be aware of what you should be looking for-three words of advice when checking yourself for breast cancer are: hard, painless and unmovable. Cysts and scar tissue can be confused for lumps and that is why it is extremely important to do a monthly check. Take note of anything that feels different than normal and once again pay attention to anything that feels: hard, painless and unmovable.
Check the texture of the skin surrounding the breast-believe it or not, you can discover symptoms just by looking at the outside of the breast. After you’ve completed your monthly self-check, you’ll want to take a look at the skin surrounding your breast. Some of the skin textures that are red flags to look out for are: scaly skin, indentation of the breast, puckered skin, thickened skin, dimpled skin, reddened skin and flattened skin. If you are not pregnant and your breasts are swollen and sensitive for a long period of time, this could be a red flag as well. Consult your doctor.
Now it’s time for the nipple-After you ensure that there are no obvious symptoms in the breast skin, it’s time to move to the nipple. This can be a bit tricky as everyone has a slightly different color tone. But be aware of red, scaly, itchy, thick, painful, inward facing nipples and the appearance of discharge secretion other than breast milk
Get Your Doctor’s Opinion-If you have any doubts or concerns, it’s always a safe bet to have your doctor perform a thorough exam. This way, they will be able to confirm any of your concerns and their exam will be like having a second set of eyes on something. Definitely always have your doctor perform an exam at your visits and be sure to contact them if you have any red flags. It’s always better to be safe than sorry! And your doctor will appreciate you nipping it in the bud, rather than waiting it out.