Although it’s hard to define a lump as a cancer without proper diagnosis and the same symptoms may not be applicable on every individual. Because mammograms do not find every breast cancer, it is important for you to be aware of changes in your breasts and to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
A lump or swelling in the breast or the underarm area can be a sign of an early stage breast cancer. The texture of the skin near the lump or swelling may change and the pores may become enlarged. The skin may look like an orange peel. A lump that is hard with irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous.
Unexpected swelling or shrinking of the breast is another sign of breast cancer. Although in women it is common to have a breast a bit larger than the other; but if the asymmetrical occurred recently, than it should be checked by a doctor.
In other cases, the nipples may turn slightly inward or inverted. Nipple discharge which is red, clear, white or yellow is also a bad sign.
Irregular vaginal and breast pain are normal but it can be hazardous if the pain
doesn’t go away after the regular period cycle.
Sometimes breast cancer can occur in the under arm area or near the collar bones. An irregular swelling in the area is also a matter of concern.
It’s important to visit a specialist as early as possible if any of these signs occur. Early stage cancer diagnosis lessens the risk of mortality.