Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Brest cancer is more likely to be treated successfully when it is caught early. Breast self-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find a breast cancer early. While no single test can detect all breast cancers early, we believe that performing breast self-exam in combination with other screening methods can increase the odds of early detection. When performing a self-exam be on the lookout for the following:

Breast Changes:

  • Size or shape
  • Deformation
  • Lumps in the breast, upper chest or armpits
  • Swelling of the breast or arm

Skin Changes:

  • Redness
  • Orange peel skin
  • Thickening
  • Discoloration
  • Dimpling, pitting or puckering
  • Localized feeling of warmth
  • Ulceration or wound
  • Visible vein
  • Skin shrinkage

Nipple Changes:

  • Appearance
  • Spontaneous Discharge
  • Inversion
  • Deviation
  • Eczema or ulceration of the nipple

If you notice any changes, reach out to your doctor for further exams and testing if needed.

Disclaimer: This information is not a substitute for medical care. As always, you should consult with your doctor or health care provider.

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