Breast Cancer: Be On The Lookout For These Warning Signs

Breast cancer is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. In 2005 502,000 people died worldwide as a result of this cancer. Worldwide, more people are diagnosed with breast cancer than any other cancer except for lung cancer and it is the fifth most common cancer overall. While these statistics are alarming, there are ways to keep yourself as safe as possible from this terrible disease.
A lump in the breast is commonly the first symptom. This type of lump will feel very different from the rest of the breast. If you find a lump in your breast, schedule a doctor’s appointment immediately so that a mammogram can be performed to discover more information about the lump.
Other symptoms might include changes in the size or shape of the breast, a dimpling of the skin on the breast, an inverted nipple, or nipple discharge. Breast pain should also be checked by a doctor because even though it doesn’t usually mean breast cancer, it might be symptomatic of another problem.
Discovering these symptoms should not be cause for immediate alarm. Most of the time, the cause of the symptoms is not cancer. But the risk of cancer is very real, the consequences of cancer are severe, and the disease is progressive, so one should never delay scheduling an appointment with their health care professional.
What can you expect if you are diagnosed with breast cancer? Your physician and other medical professionals will carefully review your treatment options and explain the best courses of action. Unfortunately, some women are so fearful of mastectomy that they delay seeking medical help. You would be well advised never to let this concern delay life saving treatment.
Breast cancer is a scary subject, but it is a treatable disease. The odds of finding the disease early and keeping from becoming fatal are higher for those women who are proactive and perform monthly self-exams and regularly visit their health care practitioners. For those who are diagnosed with breast cancer, many support groups are available.