July 31, 2013

Through the use of regular mammography, most women in the United States are diagnosed at early stages of breast cancer. However, not all breast cancer is found this way. Here are some warning signs to watch for:

  •     Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast
  •     Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of breast
  •     Change in size or shape of breast
  •     Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  •     Itchy, scaly sores or rash on the nipple
  •     Pulling in (inverting) of nipple or other parts of the breast
  •     Nipple discharge
  •     New pain in one spot that does not go away

If you notice any of the warning signs above, contact your primary care provider for follow-up. Performing monthly self-breast exams will help you become familiar with what is normal for you and alert you to a change.