Breast Cancer: Know the Early Warning Signs

Breast Cancer: Know the Early Warning Signs

Feeling for lumps and mammography screening are conventional methods of detecting breast cancers in the early stage before any warning signs appear. However, not all breast cancers will show up through medical imaging and regular lump check-ups. Not all women (and some men) will experience the same breast cancer warning signs. If you notice some unusual physical changes occurring in your breasts, such as a new mass or lump, outreach to our Brooklyn hospital for testing, diagnosis and treatment plans.

3 Early Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

Early detection is going to increase your chances of successful treatment of breast cancer. Here are just a few symptoms you should check out for.

  1. New mass or lump in breast

A new lump or mass may be indicative of a malignant mass. They can be painless and hard with irregular edges or soft, rounded and tender to the touch. In many cases, breast lumpiness is not a reason to be worried or jump rapidly to conclusions. If each breast feels similar with respect to lumpiness, then it is probably normal breast tissue. If the lumpiness feels abnormal, visit a physician for a check-up as soon as possible.

In general, see your doctor if your breast feels different than it has in the past or if you are unsure about a new physical change. These changes are signs of growths that may be benign or malignant. If you’ve had benign lumps in the past, this does not mean that future lumps will be benign as well. It’s important to get tested.

  1. Nipple discharge

Nipple discharge is certainly not indicative of breast cancer. It could be just a natural reaction by your body to your nipple being squeezed. Discharge can also be caused by an infection or another condition unrelated to cancer.

However, nipple discharge should be considered a more serious concern if it occurs without squeezing, only occurs in one of your breasts, or is bloody or clear. Either way, if you are experiencing nipple discharge, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider.

  1. Unusual aches, pains or fluctuating discomfort in your breasts

Breast cancer symptoms are not limited to localized pin-pointed pain areas. Breast cancer can be scattered throughout the breast, causing the breast to feel discomfort throughout the entire area and not just in one spot. Cancer can take many forms and a pain or ache that is experienced throughout the whole of the breast should be cause for concern.

Knowing the signs of breast cancer helps you detect the condition early on. This can mean the difference between life and death.  Generally, if you begin to notice patterns of unusual symptoms or abnormal physical changes, visit a health care provider who will take your concerns seriously. Our Brooklyn hospital’s expert team offers the best healthcare in New York state while respecting the health concerns of all our patients. 

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