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:
- Size or shape
- Lumps in the breast, upper chest or armpits
- Swelling of the breast or arm
- Orange peel skin
- Dimpling, pitting or puckering
- Localized feeling of warmth
- Ulceration or wound
- Visible vein
- Skin shrinkage
- Spontaneous Discharge
- 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.