Signs and symptoms of breast cancer

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Breast cancer and cancer runs in our family. My mom had to have lumps removed from her breasts before she was even 30 years old. I also continuously have problems with my breasts. As a result, I am always cautious and when something does not seem quite right, off to the doctor I go.

1 in every 33 women in South Africa is diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer, if caught in time, can be cured.

Here are some of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer:

1) a change in how the breast or nipple feels.
– nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area;
– a lump in the breast;
– a change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast;

2) a change in the breast or nipple appearance.
– an unexplained change in size and shape of nipple;
– an unexplained swelling of the breast;
– dimpling anywhere on the breast;
– skin of breast, areola or nipple becoming red, scaly or itchy;

3) any nipple discharge, especially clear or bloody discharge.

You can read more about these symptoms here and here.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or your breasts don’t feel “normal”, you should go see you doctor as soon as possible.

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4 thoughts on “Signs and symptoms of breast cancer

  1. Great post. I’m sure often times we tend to ignore what we fail to realize could possibly be actual symptoms. I know for myself, there have been many a times when I would notice something out of the ordinary but then I would brush it off and hope it just goes away. Probably because I’m afraid of what the results may be or at least that’s my excuse.

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