Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. According to the Global Health Estimate, WHO 2013, over 508000 women died in 2011 due to breast cancer worldwide. In the developing countries, the incidence of breast cancer is increasing due to increase in average life expectancy and adoption of western lifestyles. However, some risk reduction can be achieved with prevention strategies, and early detection of the disease can increases chances of survival. Here are eight signs or symptoms of breast cancer to watch for.
- One of the most common symptoms of breast cancer is a lump in or near the breast. Or a lump in the underarm that lasts through the menstrual cycle
- It is also important to notice a lump or mass, which may feel as tiny as a pea
- Notice a difference in the size or shape of the breast
- Get immediate medical help if you notice a clear fluid or blood-stained discharge from the nipple
- You may feel a shift in the appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (inflamed, dimpled, puckered, or scaly)
- Skin redness on the breast or nipple
- An area on the breast becomes noticeably different from the rest of the breast-area
- You may also find a marble-like hardened region under the skin
You may find these signs during a breast self-exam. However, self-exams are not enough to prevent the disease. If you have any of the sign mentioned above, you should consult an expert doctor in your area.