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Know the Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Woman in tank top examining her breastThe most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. For this reason, it is important to have any new breast mass, lump or breast change checked by a healthcare professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.

Additional Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer Can Include:

  • A lump or thickening that feels different than the surrounding area
  • Changes in the size, shape or look of the breast
  • A bloody discharge from the nipple
  • Changes in the feel or appearance of the skin or nipple
  • An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast
  • A marble-like hardened area under the skin

These changes may be found during a breast self-exam. If you notice any of these changes in your breasts, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Nurse Assisting Patient Undergoing Mammogram

Early Detection Saves Lives

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. Early detection increases survival rates, which is why an annual mammogram is so important. Experts recommend that any woman age 40 or older should be receiving a mammogram each year.

If your personal risk is higher, due to family history or other factors, talk to your healthcare provider about which screening tests are right for you.

We're Here to Help

If you have any concerns about your breasts, contact our Cancer Care team at 740-687-6900.