Breast Cancer and How to Check For It

Breast cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells in the breast grow out of control. However, in order to prevent it, it is important to be knowledgeable about it and know what to do. According to Mayo Clinic, the survival rates of breast cancer have increased, and the number of deaths associated with it is steadily declining. Mayo Clinic stated it is, “largely due to factors such as earlier detection, a new personalized approach to treatment and a better understanding of the disease.” It is important to understand what is normal for your breast. That way you can check in with your doctor if you notice a lump or a sharp pain in the breast region. Whatever your age, size or shape, it’s important to be breast aware and check your breasts regularly. How to learn about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer - Look at and feel your breasts so you know what’s normal for you. Everyone's breast looks and feels different, so when you check your breast try and be aware of any changes that look different to you.Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone. It is important to regularly check your breasts for any changes that may seem unusual. Nipple Discharge Discharge can be your body's natural reaction when the nipple is squeezed. It may not necessarily be a cause for alarm. But when you notice these signs it is advisable to visit the doctor: * Occurs without squeezing the nipple * Occurs in only 1 breast * Is bloody or clear (not milky) Breast Lump Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture. If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, then it is likely normal breast tissue. However, if there is a breast lump that feels different from the surrounding tissues, then you need to check it. Breast Skin Changes When there is redness or pitting of the skin on your breast, you might need to check that out as well. In addition, when there is peeling, scaling, or flaking of the skin of the breast, this should also be checked.  

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