Symptoms of Breast Cancer: Pay Attention to These Signs
According to NCCS (National Cancer Centre Singapore), breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in the country. From 2010 to 2014, it has affected 9,284 women in the country. While there is a sharp rise in figure with regards to women diagnosed with cancer, it is worth noting that the survival rate is also up. This could be attributed for a number of reasons, including advanced medical facilities in the country, and more importantly, early detection. Women should be aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and should seek medical intervention in order to have the problem addressed as soon as possible.
The Most Common Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Pay attention to the following symptoms. If they persist, to have peace of mind, make sure to be checked.
- Appearance of Lump: This is one of the most common symptoms of breast cancer. Nonetheless, if you feel a lump on your breast, this should not be a cause of panic. 90% of the time, it is not cancerous. The lump can be felt on the breast, armpit or upper chest. If it is painful when it is touched, there is a reason for you to be concerned.
- Changes in Skin Texture and Physical Appearance: Is there anything unusual that you can see in your breasts? Some of the symptoms of breast cancer include dimpling, puckering, changes in shape and size, redness, inflammation, and changes in the direction of nipple. Rashes and crusts can also appear around the nipple area.
- Nipple Discharge: If there is liquid that leaks from your nipple, other than breastmilk, this is another sign that you can possibly have breast cancer, but never conclusive unless you have had a comprehensive diagnosis. Make sure to consult with a medical professional as soon as possible, especially if there is blood.
Again, it is important to note that the signs mentioned below should not make you reach a conclusion that you have breast cancer. These are only warning that you should be watching out for. To be sure, be checked by a professional. Do not rely on your hunch alone.
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