5 Surprising Signs of Breast Cancer

 

5 Surprising Signs of Breast CancerIt would be helpful to educate every household with these signs of breast cancer.  Read below to find out what we should be looking for.  Knowing these signs will contribute to earlier detection of breast cancer.

“You’ve been told all your life to be on the alert for breast lumps, the primary sign of breast cancer. But a lump isn’t always the first sign of malignancy, or it may not be the first change a woman notices, says Andrew Putnam, director of the Palliative Care Program at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Georgetown University. “Sometimes a lump is deep in the breast tissue, or the tissue surrounding it is very dense, making it hard to feel,” says Putnam. And inflammatory breast cancer causes another set of symptoms entirely. “So it’s important to be on the alert for other red flags as well.”

Any one of these five lesser-known symptoms of breast cancer is important enough to send you straight to the doctor for a checkup, followed by a mammogram or MRI if recommended.

1. Itchy, sore, or reddened breasts

Skin that feels rashy or hot to the touch is one of the telltale signs of inflammatory breast cancer, a rare form of the disease that’s less well known than the more common breast tumors. Inflammatory breast cancer may cause breasts to become swollen and irritated or sore. The skin may be unusually red or scaly, or you may notice purplish areas that look like bruising. Dimpled or “orange peel” skin is characteristic in some cases of inflammatory breast cancer. “It looked like I suddenly had cellulite on my breasts,” is how one woman described this sudden change in skin texture, which may be bumpy or indented.”

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Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris was born in Europe but has lived in the US for many years. He attended college both in Europe and the US and completed medical school at the University of Texas. Residency and fellowship in oncology was completed at Baylor. Read More...
Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton