|Signs Of Breast Cancer
Any form of cancer is characterized by the abnormal multiplication of cells. The same holds true for breast cancer. However, since it may not be possible to feel a minute lump of cancerous cells, the initial stage of breast cancer often goes unnoticed. This is the fundamental reason why most doctors propagate an annual mammogram screening for women.
A mammogram is the only procedure that has the potential to evaluate cancer even before one can detect any signs of the disease. The earlier the disease is identified, the brighter are the chances of complete cure.
Some of the signs of breast cancer that a woman can analyze on her own include swelling in the breast, swelling in the armpits, discharge from the nipples, painful nipples, inverted nipples, scaly skin on the nipples, constant soreness of the breast, and unusual pain in the breast. Once the malignancy moves towards the advanced stage, the cancer extends from the breast and underarm lymph nodes invading other parts of the body. This stage designated as stage 4 can be identified with signs such as pain in the bones, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, sudden loss of weight, headaches, nerve pain, or weakness.
While most forms of breast cancer are characterized by the development of lumps, inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a sole variant that does not demonstrate the formation of any lumps. It grows in sheets generating symptoms such as a unexpected increase in the size of the breast, consistent itching on the skin of the affected breast, change in the color and texture of the skin around the breast, warm breasts, breasts that are harder than usual, unusual pain not associated with menstruation, and ulcers on the breast skin.
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