Symptoms of Breast Cancer

symptoms of breast cancer Treatment in Los AngelesAbout one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Being alert to the symptoms of breast cancer can help you protect the health of your breasts and ensure that any abnormalities are found early, when treatment is most effective. For more information about breast cancer symptoms and options for treatment and restoration, please contact La Peer’s Breast Surgery Center of Excellence for a consultation.

Breast Lumps

It’s important to remember that many breast lumps are benign cysts or other non-cancerous masses. Still, a new lump in the breast is often the first sign of cancer that you or your doctor will notice. In many cases, a lump that is cancerous will be painless and hard with irregular edges. However, a cancerous lump can also be round and smooth. If you detect a lump during a self-exam, it’s important to see your doctor for further testing, as this may be one of the early signs of breast cancer.

Other Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Regular self-examination and CBEs (clinical breast exams) are the best ways to detect lumps and safeguard your breast health. However, you should also be cognizant of the following signs and symptoms of breast cancer:

  • Breast swelling or change in shape
  • Skin dimpling or puckering
  • Red, scaly or thickened nipple
  • Nipple discharge
  • Underarm lumps

Many of these symptoms could indicate a less serious condition, such as an infection. However, it’s important to have any changes in the composition or appearance of your breasts evaluated by a physician.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I have a breast lump, do I definitely have cancer?

A: No! Breast lumps are often cysts or other benign masses. If you find anything abnormal during a self-exam, be sure to see your doctor for further testing.

Q: If my breasts feel normal, do I still need a mammogram?

A: Yes! Some breast lumps are too small to be detected during self-exams. Women over 40 should undergo annual mammograms to check for breast cancer.

Q: Does a cancerous lump feel different from a benign mass?

A: Often lumps that are cancerous are painless to the touch with irregular edges. However, a doctor should assess any changes in the composition of the breast.

Q: Does breast cancer always develop with symptoms?

A: No. Often, breast cancer is found during a mammogram and patients may not have noticed any new or unusual symptoms prior to breast cancer diagnosis. Regular breast exams and mammograms are the best ways of ensuring that any abnormalities are detected early.

Q: Why are regular self-exams and CBEs important?

A: When breast cancer is detected during its early stages, treatment is generally more effective. Self-examination and regular doctor visits help ensure that any breast lumps are found and treated early.

Contact the Los Angeles Breast Surgery Center of Excellence

The team of doctors, nurses and medical professionals at the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence strive to help women regain health and self-esteem in the wake of a breast cancer diagnosis. For information about the treatments and procedures offered at our newly remodeled facility in Los Angeles, feel free to call us at (888) 316-4167.

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