Women’s bodies are always changing. Sometimes changes that seem normal can be signs of cancer, though.
The key is to pay attention to your body so you can notice when something’s different. New symptoms indicate something has changed in your body, and you want to know what that means.
Breast cancer awareness goes far beyond knowing the statistics. It’s about active prevention, and being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, in hopes of catching it early on if it develops.
You should visit a doctor if you:
- Find a new lump that feels different than the rest of your breast tissue;
- Find a new lump that feels different from your other breast;
- Feel something that hasn’t been there before.
- Nipple discharge
A discharge from your nipple may or may not be a sign of breast cancer. You should be concerned if the discharge occurs without squeezing the nipple, is bloody or clear and occurs in only one breast.
Nipple discharge can also be a sign of a breast infection or some other condition that needs treatment, which is why you should visit a doctor to rule out breast cancer.
Don’t rely on routine tests or mammogram alone to protect you from cancer. If you notice any kind of change in your breasts, you should contact a doctor immediately.
Don’t be afraid – not all changes mean that you’re suffering from breast cancer, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Remember, breast cancer can be reversed if caught in the early stages.