Approximately one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in their life. As you age, your risk of developing cancer increases. And while it’s less likely, it’s still possible for men to be diagnosed with breast cancer, as well. One of the key factors in successful treatment of breast cancer is early detection and diagnosis. Knowing the signs can help you consult a doctor sooner and catch the disease earlier. Below are 7 early warning signs of breast cancer to watch out for.
7 Early Symptoms of Breast Cancer
- A new lump in your breast, collarbone area or underarm. Part of good breast health habits is regularly checking for new and developing lumps. You likely already check your breast tissue, but lumps can also grow anywhere between the collarbone region and your underarm, all the way down to the ribcage. Look for lumps that are hard, have irregular edges and are painless, but don’t rule out ones that are tender and painful. As soon you notice anything new, have your physician look at it right away.
- Thickening or swelling of your breast tissue. If you notice your breast tissue, collarbone or armpits thickening or swelling, it may be a sign of breast cancer spreading to your lymph nodes. It may cause a difference in size or shape of your breasts and may occur in only one breast or both.
- Skin dimpling. Skin dimpling can show up in various ways. It can be a single dimple, several dimples or look similar to an orange peel. This dimpling may be the first thing you notice because it’s so visible.
- Changes in the nipples. If you notice any changes in your nipples, discharge or skin that is red or scaly, it’s time to contact your doctor. These are possible signs of breast cancer.
- Flaky, red, warm, itchy or thickened skin. If you see any of these traits showing on the skin around your breasts, they can be a result of mastitis — an infection that’s a sign of breast cancer. If these signs persist for more than a week, talk to your physician.
- Pain in your breasts, upper back or shoulders. Experiencing pain in these areas for more than a few weeks is a sign that you should see your doctor to check on your breast health. You may assume that you’ve pulled a muscle or that it’s just a sign of aging, but it can also be a sign of something much more significant.
- No symptoms. Unfortunately, you may not experience any symptoms at all. This means that to stay on top of your breast health, you should have regular breast exams and mammograms. Senior women 55 years of age and older should have mammograms annually or every other year. This is particularly important for women who have a history of breast cancer in their family.
Garden Plaza of Florissant Prioritizes Resident Health, Including Breast Health
Here at Garden Plaza, we understand the importance of your physical health at every age. That’s why we provide 24-hour nursing care for every resident. When you need to see your doctor for a regular appointment or annual breast exam, our experienced and reliable staff members can help you with transportation to and from the appointment.
Are you ready to experience the freedom of living your best years? Contact our team today to learn more about what makes Garden Plaza the right senior living community for you.