Spotting the signs of breast cancer early is often crucial to timely and effective treatment. It's important to remember that although many of the common symptoms can be caused by other medical conditions, you should still arrange to see a doctor if you do start spotting the signs of breast cancer.
The first symptom of breast cancer noticed by most women is the development of a lump or an area of thickened tissue in their breast. Around 90% of breast lumps aren't cancerous so try not to assume the worst, but it's always important to get any lumps checked over by your doctor just in case.
1: A change in the size, shape or feel of your breast
Early signs can involve physical changes to your breast, this could mean they look or feel bigger than usual or take on a different shape. Many women experience a lumpiness or tenderness in their breasts just before menstruation, meaning your breasts could still be perfectly healthy even if you do experience this symptom. It's important to monitor the situation and get to a doctor as soon as possible. It can help to become really familiar with the physicality of your breasts so that you can arrange to see a doctor should you notice any changes.
The majority of women will have one breast that’s bigger than the other, so this isn’t cause for panic. But if your breast starts o change shape or size, you should always get it checked out.
2: Breast pain
As with many other early signs of breast cancer, breast pain is very common amongst women and is not always related to the development of cancer. Pain can occur in one or both breasts and may continue for an extended period of time. While there may be no obvious reason for your pain you should consult a doctor if you start to experience any.
3: Changes in the skin
If you start to notice puckering, dimpling around your breast it could be an early sign of breast cancer. Make sure you also note any rashes or redness of the skin of your breasts. Your skin may resemble an orange peel in its texture in early stages of breast cancer. Remember to get anything that doesn't look like your normal breast checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
4: Change in the position of your nipple
In some breast cancer cases, one nipple may turn in on itself or sink into the breast. As with any other physical changes to your breast, it's important to get these checked out.
Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms
Inflammatory breast cancer is a very rare form of cancer which has slightly different symptoms. This form of the disease can cause your entire breast to looked redder and more inflamed than usual. It can also cause a soreness or tenderness. Make sure you get checked by a doctor if you have any of these symptoms.
If you do notice any symptoms and are concerned that you may have cancer of any form, make sure to arrange an appointment as soon as possible. The team at our hospital in Marbella are always on hand to help you through every stage of your journey and provide you with all the help and support you need.