What Are the Signs of Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women after skin cancer, and it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of this condition. While many conditions can cause breast changes, such as cysts, infections, eczema, and dermatitis, there are certain changes that may indicate breast cancer in both men and women. A hard, painless mass with irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancers can also be soft, round, tender, or even painful. Cancer cells can cause a buildup of lymphatic fluid in the breast, causing swelling and formation of dimples or bites on the skin.

If a person has not experienced recent trauma to the breast to explain these changes, they should see a doctor. Breast cancer can also cause changes in skin cells that cause feelings of pain, tenderness, and discomfort in the breast. If there is a lump, it's not painful. Breast pain is very common and usually isn't due to cancer; however, consulting a doctor for evaluation and diagnosis can help determine if any changes in the breasts are a cause for concern or not.

Men and women who have inherited certain genetic mutations have a higher risk of developing breast, prostate and other types of cancer. Getting an annual screening mammogram is important for early detection of this condition. You'll receive personalized treatment options, including the latest in breast medical oncology, breast surgery options, breast reconstruction, breast radiation therapy, and cutting-edge clinical trials that aren't available elsewhere. It is more common for women diagnosed with cancer to report pain in their breast tissue as they receive treatment, at a rate of approximately 15% of patients.

Whether you're a man or a woman, it's important to familiarize yourself with your breasts so you can recognize the changes and seek timely treatment.

Tonya Sharrai
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