Breast Cancer

breastcancerOne in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, making it the second leading cause of death. As with all types of cancer, breast cancer occurs when healthy cells become damaged and invade the surrounding tissue.

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Patients with early stages of breast cancer often don’t have symptoms. This makes the need for yearly mammograms and regular self-examinations even more important in order to detect early stage breast cancer. The presence of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast cancer, but if you have one or more of the following symptoms, please consult your physician.

  • Lump in the breast or underarm area
  • Enlargement of pores around the breast or nipple area (often described as an orange peel’s texture)
  • Dimpling on the breast
  • Unexplained swelling or shrinkage of one of the breasts
  • Inverted nipple
  • Nipple discharge that is clear or bloody

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