Breast Cancer: What Are the Early Symptoms?

Monday, 03 Feb 2014 12:57 AM

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Breast cancer is a type of cancer that originates in the breast tissue. A lump in the breast is one of the common symptoms of a breast cancer. Though 9 out of 10 lumps are benign and non-cancerous, lumps are considered the early signs of breast cancer. A mammogram helps in detecting breast cancer. Use of mammograms has been effective in finding a number of cases of breast cancer. Nonetheless, many breast cancer conditions may not be identified by a mammogram.
 
Early Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
 
Some of the early signs and symptoms associated with cancer may include changes in the breast like changes in the shape of the nipple, rashes on or surrounding the nipple, and thickening of the breast area. Such changes in size and shape of the breast can be early signs and symptoms of cancer. Inflammatory cancer in the breast has somewhat different symptoms.
 
Inflammation, soreness, and redness in the breast area are some early symptoms of this cancer. Another type of cancer in the breast is called Paget’s disease in which early signs and symptoms occur as rashes on and around the nipple area. Itching also occurs along with redness. These symptoms may seem similar to the signs of eczema. Some early signs and symptoms of breast cancer are:
  • A new lump or mass
  • Irritation of the skin
  • Nipple retraction
  • Discharge from the nipple
  • Pain in the breast or nipple
  • Swelling of the nipple
  • Redness of the breast skin
 
Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
 
A doctor can better diagnose the changes in breast, leading to early warning signs of breast diseases. A new lump or mass is considered to be one of the first symptoms of breast cancer. The mass is usually hard and painless but a cancerous one may be painful and soft. Rounded mass as compared to edged mass can be among warning signs of breast cancer.
 
A health practitioner should diagnose any new mass to identify if this is among the warning signs of breast cancer or any other disease. Other early signs of breast cancer can be swelling or a lump around the collarbone or under the arm. These signs may be due to a spreading of the cancer to the collarbone or underarm. These early signs may appear even before symptoms of cancer are visible in the breast itself.

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