Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their life and health professionals expect another 246,660 new cases in 2016.
While breast cancer rates have declined significantly in the last two decades, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (next to skin cancer) and kills more women than all cancers, expecting lung cancer, according to Breast Cancer Organization.
For many women, the breasts are the last place they would examine without feeling pain or a strange change.
Nonetheless, it is important to track their health without any particular pain.In case you notice some of these changes, make an appointment with your doctor immediately:
Lumps on your breastsThe soft lump that moves under your skin is probably a cyst filled with fluid. But if you notice a hard lump that is usually painless in your breast (either one or both), then it’s time to get a mammography done. Finding a lump does take a little bit of effort, and doing regular breast self-exams are imperative to catch this symptom early.
Allergy on your nipplesRed traces similar of insect bite, rash or allergic reaction may be a warning of serious problems, and even breast cancer.
Birth mark that changes shape or colorObserve the asymmetry, the edges of the birth mark are irregular, and the variation of color and size. Report any changes to your doctor.
Wrinkled skinIf the tissue around the chest slowly shrinks, it can indicate clogged lymph nodes, which again can cause cancer.