3 Warning Signs of Breast Cancer and What to Do

Breast cancer is something that many of us fear and that very few know how to identify with any accuracy. Knowing some signs to look for and what next steps to take can help you get through your breast cancer journey. Knowing what to look for in self-exams can help you live healthier and happier. There are plenty of signs to look for, but three stand out among the rest and we will discuss them here.

Lumps or Knots

The first and most common sign of potential breast cancer is the presence of new lumps or knots in the breast tissue. These are tissue masses that were either not there before, or they have grown in size or changed in shape. It is so important to perform self-breast exams to pinpoint issues and to identify potential lumps every month. If and when you do find a lump, see a breast cancer specialist or your general practitioner immediately.

Breast Pain or Tenderness

Another thing to look for is breast soreness, pain, or tenderness that is not associated with any injury or with your menstrual cycle. Pain that is localized to one area of the breast, pain that comes from touching the breast or from touching a lump in the breast, or pain that comes out of nowhere are symptoms to watch for. If you notice that your breasts are painful and you are not menstruating, you are not pregnant, and there are no other potential causes, you do need to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Fatigue Paired With Other Symptoms

If you notice that you are very tired, easily fatigued, and that you are struggling with energy levels for seemingly no reason, you may need to see a doctor. Especially if this new fatigue is paired with any of the other symptoms that we have discussed. If you are experiencing unusual and inexplicable bouts of tiredness, visiting the doctor is best. You may be referred to a breast cancer specialist for further evaluation so that additional testing and examinations can be completed. About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in the course of their lives, that is why early detection is so important.

Visiting a breast cancer specialist right out of the gate is generally not something that is possible. Taking the time to see your normal doctor, be evaluated, and get a referral is the best way to go about treatment. Your doctor can refer you to the right specialist and can help you get started on your journey.

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