Breast Cancer Symptoms and Warning Signs
Early detection is key when it comes to breast cancer. Though breast pain and lumps in the breast are the most noticeable symptoms, some signs may not be as noticeable as others. Hence, it’s important that women know what the symptoms are, and learn how to spot them. Women should check their breasts regularly for any changes/ symptoms and get examined by a specialist. Let us analyze the risk factors and symptoms of breast cancer.
Risk Factors of Breast Cancer
A family history of breast cancer is a risk factor that should not be ignored. If any relatives in your family are affected with breast cancer, your risk of developing it is high.
- Unhealthy Diet:
French fries, burgers, colas may be your favorite snacking options, but do not ignore the damage they cause. Red meat, saturated fats, processed food can cause cancer of the breast, stomach, bowels, mouth and food pipe.
Being obese increases your chances of breast cancer, especially in the case of postmenopausal women.
Regular consumption of alcohol increases your risk of developing breast cancer.
Age: Although breast cancer is more prevalent for women above 40, it is the most common type of cancer diagnosed among women of reproductive age.
In your busy life, how often have you looked and felt your breasts to spot any changes in them? The following signs are indicative of changes in your breast and possible symptoms of breast cancer which need immediate attention.
Breast Cancer Symptoms
- Change in the size, shape or appearance of the breast
- Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
- A lump in the breast or just below the armpit.
- An Inverted, or upturned nipple
- Scaling, peeling, or crusting of the skin around the nipple area
- Redness of the skin over your breast
- Blood or any unusual discharge from the nipple
Keep checking for any abnormalities/unusual changes in your breast from time to time. Consult our experts/surgeons at The Breast Centre to help detect breast cancer in its early stage.