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Breast Cancer: Warning Signs You Shouldn't Ignore
Breast Cancer: Warning Signs You Shouldn't Ignore
07 Oct 2020

One of the most known symptoms or signs of breast cancer is a lump in your breast or armpit, however, there are other warning signs that you need to be aware of to receive the necessary treatment.

These are some of the early warning signs and symptoms to keep your eye out for. 

Lump in breast or underarm

Doing a daily self-examination on your breasts, whether you are male or female, is crucial. A self-examination test can help you detect any cancerous lumps that range in size.

The only difference with a cancerous lump is that it is usually hard and doesn't move when you touch it. Going for a mammogram is crucial to detecting lumps that are well hidden and can't be felt.

Although mammograms are recommended for women 40 years and older, it can also be beneficial for women who are younger. 

 

Nipple discharge

The only time your nipples should release any discharge is during lactation after having given birth. Nipple discharge that is clear or any other colour when you are not breastfeeding is usually a warning sign that something is wrong.

 

Changes in your nipple or breast

Breast cancer symptoms can appear differently from person to person. Changes in your nipple are usually a sign of this.

If your nipple pulls inward, is dimpled, burns, develops sores or itches frequently then it could be an early warning sign.

It is crucial to consult with a medical professional immediately to help you receive adequate treatment. Ignoring these signs and symptoms can cause more damage later on.

 

A swollen breast

Healthy breasts are usually more or less the same size and are not frequently tender. Should you find that one breast is unusually larger than the other one or is swollen, seek medical attention immediately.

If cancer is caught while it is in its early stages, it can be treated and does increase your remission rate.

 

Skin irritation around the breast

Both men and women have breast tissue that can develop cancerous cells. Breast cancer can also affect children, which is why it is important to stick to a regular medical regime to catch out any irregularities while it is still early. Irritation around the breast in the form of it turning red, flakiness, or scaling is a warning sign.

Not everyone will experience these symptoms. There are people who never experience any symptoms at all, which is why it is crucial to go for monthly check-ups that can help you find any changes as soon as possible.

While we may not know what the future holds regarding our health, it is important to be financially prepared.

Having a life insurance policy can protect you from the financial stress that comes with having to take care of medical bills and treatment should you be diagnosed with cancer. Find out how your policy can give you and your loved one’s peace of mind.

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