Research reveals that most women who were diagnosed with breast cancer always have one common experience, they feel the emergence of a lump that simply wasn’t there, and eventually, it turns out to be cancerous. Given these circumstances, it is essential to stress the need for women to become more and more familiar with their breasts, so they can take immediate notice of any sudden changes or unusual appearances.
However, it is also essential to keep in mind that the emergence of a lump is not the only symptom of breast cancer that you must look out for. Researchers who attempted to study the preliminary symptoms of breast cancer reveal that only 1 in 6 women diagnosed with this cancer report the emergence of a lump as the very first symptom they have noticed.
The researchers suggested that some of the less common symptoms often get unnoticed due to the lack of awareness about them, and they argued that these “atypical presentations” often tend to prevent many woman from being diagnosed on time.
Naturally, the earlier you get diagnosed, the earlier your treatment begins and the more successful it is likely to be. So, you must never stop inspecting your breasts, even if you’re looking for a lump. In the case of cancer, it is always best to get diagnosed as early as you can. A recent study revealed that nearly 83% women who were suffering from the symptoms of breast cancer and got diagnosed with it came to their doctors complaining of the emergence of a lump.
We’ve picked out the four most commonly occurring symptoms that tend to lead to a breast cancer diagnosis so you can inspect your breasts effectively. Here, take a look:
1. Scaly & Rough Skin
A scaly patch of rough or dimpling skin that feels thicker than the rest of the skin, and is covered with excessive dimples is a direct indication of breast cancer.
Experts have noted that in certain kinds of breast cancers, the channels that travel between our breasts and the skin tend of get blocked, and this causes several skin changes that tend to make our breasts appear as if they are covered with a dimpled orange peel.
2. Aching & Swollen Breasts
In certain cases, a lump tends to emerge under the surface of the breasts, and this causes the change of the breasts, however, sometimes, the woman is unable to feel this lump.
A research attempted to study this condition, and nearly 6% women revealed that this tends to change the size or shape of the breast, along with causing some pain as well.
3. Mass Growth within the Breast
Certain kinds of breast cancers tend to cause severe nipple changes, which experts refer to as nipple retraction or inversion, during which the nipple begins to turn inward.
In most cases, this occurs due to growth of a mass inside the breast, causing its shape to change. Recent research reveals that nearly 7% of the women diagnosed with breast cancer also suffered from nipple abnormalities.
Therefore, if you notice any kind of nipple changes, it’s best to consult your doctor immediately.
4. Nipple Discharge
Nipple discharge is also considered a prevalently occurring nipple abnormality that refers to any other discharge that isn’t breast milk.
However, in most cases, nipple discharge is not regarded as a sign of cancer, but it is still essential that you consult your doctor as soon as you experience a discharge without having touched or squeezed your nipple.
If the discharge is affected just one side, or if there is blood, it is indication of something serious.
With a little more awareness of all the other symptoms, we can bring a massive shift in the awareness campaign for breast cancer, so women worldwide can inspect their breasts not only for lumps, but all the other common symptoms that indicate the presence of cancer.
Remember, if you notice any kind of change in your breasts, you must immediately have your doctor inspect and evaluate this change.
Consult your doctor to examine any unusual difference that makes your breasts appear unlike their usual appearance.