Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Other Signs Of Breast Cancer That Are Not The Normal Lumps!

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are affected by breast cancer. 

The prospect of discovering a lump in your breast is terrifying, but it’s critical to be aware of your breast health so you can notify your doctor if anything changes.

What is widely known to be a sign of breast cancer is lumps, but aside from lumps, there are other changes that could indicate that one is having cancer.

According to Dominici, if the size of your boob changes dramatically, it could be a sign of breast cancer. This is noticeable when comparing one of your boobs to the other or noticing that your bra no longer fits one of your breasts.

Dominici noted that in rare cases, the breast can actually shrink. In other cases, the breast may swell, which, as previously stated, is a sign of inflammatory breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Other Signs Of Breast Cancer That Are Not The Normal Lumps!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Other Signs Of Breast Cancer That Are Not The Normal Lumps!
Dr. Laura Dominici, an associate surgeon at Dana-Farber/Brigham Cancer Center, speaking on the importance of regular mammograms and ultrasounds, said, “Thankfully, a lot of women have breast cancers that are caught early on imaging. But there still are women who will notice a symptom that brings attention to something going on in the breast.”

Although lumps are the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of breast cancer, the disease can also be present with a variety of other symptoms. We have listed some of the less-known symptoms of breast cancer that go beyond a lump in the breast below.

Look out for a lump in the armpit

According to Dr. Jasmeet Singh, a breast medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Westchester, an unexpected sign of breast cancer is the presence of a lump in the armpit. Jasmeet noted that it could be due to the enlargement of lymph nodes near the breast.

Then, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said that a healthy lymph node is lima bean-shaped and “should also be somewhat firm, but still have some give to it.” Enlarged, potentially cancerous lymph nodes become round like a marble and are very hard when felt.

You may notice nipple or skin changes

Any changes to the breast or nipple skin are concerning when it comes to cancer of the breast symptoms. Dominici recommends keeping an eye out for skin dimpling or changes to your nipple, such as nipple inversion. Cracked and inflamed nipples, according to Singh, could also be warning signs for the presence of breast cancer.

When you have nipple discharge

Although any discharge from the nipple can be concerning, experts are most concerned when the discharge is bloody. Dominici stated that it was not clear, white, or green.

“Many women are able to get discharge from the nipple if they squeeze the nipple, and that’s actually not a concerning sign,” she noted. According to her, it’s most concerning when the discharge is spontaneous.

She went on to say that some people may notice this spontaneous discharge as a stain on their bra or shirt after a normal day of errands or work.

Check for possible breast infection

Some people mistake breast cancer for an infection, redness, or swelling but this can also be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer, according to Singh.

Breast infections are real. However, if you notice “persistent redness in the breast that is not improving with antibiotics,” you should contact your doctor right away to avoid allowing it to develop more, according to Singh.

You may see a change in your breast size

According to Dominici, if the size of your breast changes dramatically, it could be a sign of breast cancer. This is noticeable when comparing one of your boobs to the other or noticing that your bra no longer fits one of your breasts as it does the other.

Dominici also noted that in rare cases, the breast can actually shrink. In other cases, the breast may swell, which, as previously stated, is a sign of inflammatory cancer of the breast and action should be taken as quickly as possible.

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