You might be aware that the breast lump is one of the major signs of breast cancer in both men and women. But breast cancer can also provide some additional changes to the skin on and around your breast.
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Well, in some of the cases, these signs may not be of breast cancer, but by getting medical advice, you can get assured that you do not have breast cancer.
In this article, we are going to discuss some of the signs of breast cancer, which should be in your knowledge. So, let’s dive straight into these signs.
Change in the texture of your skin
You need to know that breast cancer can give some changes to your skin along with the inflammation of the skin cells. This can lead to a change in the texture of the skin around your breast.
If your skin is thickening in any part around the breast, then this can also be a sign of breast cancer.
The scaly skin which you have around the areola and nipple area of your skin appears to be sunburned or highly dry then this is an example of the texture change. These changes can also be followed by itching. However, sometimes the skin change can also be the symptom of a rare type of breast cancer that is Paget’s disease.
Unusual discharge or nipple
The nipple discharge can also prove to a be symptom of breast cancer, but it is a very common thing, and most of the times, it is not breast cancer.
If you are observing an unusual discharge from your nipples, then you should surely talk to your doctor about it. This discharge can be of a thick or thin consistency, and the color can also be milky, yellow, red or green in color.
Well, if you are a breastfeeding woman, then having such discharge is very common but if you see that its color is changed, then talking to your doctor is the best option for you.
Most of the nipple discharges are not related to cancer, but they can signify cancer in some people. Some of the possible reason which leads to the release of the nipple are infections of breast, a side effect of the contraception pills, side of effect of some specific medicines, or thyroid.
Pain in breast or nipple area
Breast cancer is responsible for the changes in the skin cells, which can give you pain, tenderness and some discomfort in the breast area. You need to know that the best cancer is also though painless most of the times.
But it is essential for you to learn to ignore any such symptoms or signs as they can signify you about breast cancer. Some people also explain their pain as they are feeling the burning sensation in the breast.
Redness around the breast
Breast cancer changes the colour of the skin around your breast, and this can make your breast discoloured or sometimes it can also appear to be bruised.
The skin can seem to be red in color or purple also. If you haven’t experienced anything that can relate to the breast’s redness, you should go to see a doctor and seek his medical advice if the redness is still there on your breast. It is an early sign of breast cancer, which you should not overlook at any cost.
Swelling of breast
Swelling is also one of the symptoms of breast cancer. Breast cancer can make your skin of the breast or the entire breast to get swell.
There might not be any lump left after the swelling disappears, but you can notice that the size of your one breast is different from the other one.
Although some people also have a slight difference in the breast, the swelling of the breast can lead to a change in the size of your breast from the initial one. While swelling of the breast, the skin can also appear to be tight.
These are some of the signs which means that you might have been suffering from breast cancer. As soon as you notice such symptoms, then you should definitely not waste time and see a doctor.
Dr. Jase Neo earned his MS and Phd degree from Columbia University. His interests are centered in general health, mental health, and he is also an accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. He has written articles on the connection between socioeconomic status and health, homelessness, violence, stigma, and discrimination. Now he is researching health disparities by race or ethnicity and socioeconomic status.