Remember that many symptoms of breast cancer are undetectable without a professional screening. However, the following symptoms can be observed when you monitor your breast health regularly:
- A change in the size or shape of the breast
- Discharge or leakage from the nipple
- A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in underarm area
- Red or swollen skin on the breast, nipple or areola
- Dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast
- General pain in/on any part of the breast
Breast Cancer Facts and Statistics:
There are over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today.
Breastfeeding can lower your risk for breast cancer, especially if you breastfeed for longer that 1 year.
Scheduling Your Screening
Consult with your doctor to discuss a screening method most appropriate for you. Below you will find some breast cancer early detection methods:
- Breast Self-Awareness Exam: Regularly/Monthly from age 18+
- Well-Woman Exam: Yearly from age 21+
- Mammogram: Yearly from age 40+
Common Types of Breast Cancer
- Ductal Carcinoma in Situ: non-invasive breast cancer where abnormal cells are contained in the lining of breast milk duct.
- Lobular Carcinoma in Situ: breast change, not cancer. Cells that look like cancer cells are growing in the lobules of the milk-producing glands of the breast
- Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: abnormal cells that originated In the lining of the breast milk duct have invaded surrounding tissue; most common type
- Invasive Lobular Carcinoma: starts in the milk producing glands; can spread to other parts of the body
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