As with all forms of cancer, early detection of breast cancer is crucial when it comes to treatment. Getting an early diagnosis gives a much better chance of full recovery, and may prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of the body. This makes is important that women perform regular self-examinations. Examples of things to look for include:
- a change in the shape or size of one or both breasts
- unusual discharge from the nipple
- swelling in the armpit
- skin discoloration or change in skin texture
- breast tenderness, or a sensation of pain or tingling inside the breast
- the presence of a lump, or area of noticeably denser tissue
It is often recommended that women perform this examination every month. Doing so one week after menstruation begins helps to ensure that hormone levels are comparable between exams.
While the above signs are not necessarily related to cancer, it is important that you let a medical professional examine your symptoms. Further screening can help to determine what the issue is. You should also know that symptoms of breast cancer do not always present themselves early on. Many women choose to have tests performed more regularly, regardless of noticeable signs. Call the office of James E. Ramseur, Jr. M.D. at 831-649-1144 to learn more about scheduling an appointment with an experienced team of women's health professionals today.