A breast cancer symptom will typically not appear until later stages of the progression of the disease. This is very unfortunate.
Early detection and treatment are necessary for increased effectiveness of treatment and potential cure.
The answer is routine screening and health checkups. Also, it is important that women learn and practice self-screening of their breast tissue for detection of a breast tumor symptom.
These steps will increase the likelihood that earlier breast cancer stages are detected, diagnosed, and treatment can begin.
Breast cancer symptoms:
- breast lump typically in one breast and not the other, but maybe occuring in both
- firm distinctive breast thickening not diffuse or scattered (which may indicate fibrocystic breast disease)
- an early stage lump may move slightly within the breast tissue
- in a more advanced stage, lumps may have adhered to surrounding tissues and are less mobile within the breast
- in a more advanced stage, swelling and/or sores may develop on the skin of the breast
- breast shape changes
- skin regions on the breast develop an ‘orange-peel’ leathery texture of bumps and/or ridges
- painful lump in the breast (not simply a pain in the breast)
- lymph nodes in armpit are firm and/or tender
- lymph nodes in armpit seem to have adhered to overlying skin
- breast appears to be infected with warmness, redness, and/or swelling
- inversion of the nipple
- fluid discharge from the nipple
The most common breast cancer symptom which leads to eventual diagnosis is the discovery of a breast lump symptom during self-screening. However, not all breast cancer cases exhibit detectable lumps through self-screening.
Routine, professional screening is essential and significantly decreases the rate of death from breast cancer.