Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Know the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

Knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer can save your life!

Increase Your Odds of Survival by Knowing the Symptoms of Breast Cancer

One of the most common signs of breast cancer is a lump or mass in the breast. The lump is most likely painless, hard and has uneven edges. However, some lumps may be soft, tender and rounded instead. If you find a lump in your breast you should always consult with your health care professional as soon as possible. The sooner breast cancer is diagnosed the greater your chance of survival.

I discovered my first lump when I was 30.  It turned out to be a benign fibroadenoma.  I discovered another lump when I was 33.  I had given birth to my first child 8 months earlier.  I had seen a Barbara Walter’s special on Erin Kramp.

Erin Kramp was a young mother about the same age as I who had also given birth recently.  She was on vacation when she discovered the lump.  I was working a lot in a stressful job with a busy lifestyle and rarely had any time to watch TV at all.  So this was nothing short of a miracle that I happened to have the story on the TV as I worked.

Erin’s cancer had unfortunately later metastasized to her bones and she knew she was dying.  With that in mind, she began to create a series of videos, letters and gifts to be given to her little girl at various milestones in her life like her birthdays and her wedding day.  That was such a powerful show that I cried.

When I went on vacation as I was showering, I thought back to that show and how Erin discovered it on vacation and I said to myself “Well now is as good a time as any to do an exam”.  The shower is one of the best places to do it because it is easier to feel lumps using the water or lather from soap to go over the breast areas without resistance.

That is when I discovered my lump. Actually I thought I had only one, but as I tried to move it, I discovered I had two.  One turned out to be a clogged milk duct from pregnancy.  The other was malignant.  Since I was so young, I was told by my OB/GYN that it was probably nothing.  I’m glad I choose to look into it anyway.  These are some of the messages that we should listen to.  I also had a recurrence and was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer 2  years later.  However, I chose to not only do some targeted conventional treatments but also to go down a path of complementary and alternative medicine and a cancer reversing diet. Within 18 months I was cancer free and I have been for eight years.

Other symptoms of breast cancer include the following:

  • Swelling of all or part of the breast
  • Skin irritation or dimpling, any flattening or indentation of the skin over your breast
  • Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward, retraction or indentation of your nipple redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • A spontaneous clear or bloody discharge from your nipple other than breast milk, often associated with a breast lump
  • Lump in the underarm area
  • A change in the size or contours of your breast
  • Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange
  • Breast pain

Although the above symptoms of breast cancer are the most common symptoms of breast cancer you may have other symptoms as well. Having these symptoms does not necessarily indicate breast cancer which is why it is imperative that you schedule a consult with your health care provider as soon as you experience any or all of the symptoms of breast cancer so that proper testing can be done.

There are a number of conditions other than breast cancer that may cause your breasts to change in size or feel. For instance, breast tissue naturally changes during pregnancy and during a women’s menstrual cycle. There also may be other possible causes to changes in the breast that are non cancerous (benign) such as fibrocystic changes, cysts, fibroadenomas, infection or injury.

If you notice a lump in your breast or any of the other symptoms of breast cancer listed above even if you have had a recent mammogram that was normal make sure to see you’re your health care provider for evaluation.

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