The goal of early detection for breast cancer is to find the cancer before it causes symptoms. The way to go about doing that is through screening. Screening includes tests and exams performed by doctors and individuals themselves.
Early detection tests for breast cancer saves thousands of lives. The more educated women are the more lives that can be saved.
Many women are familiar with mammogram screening. Mammograms have been successful at finding breast cancers before any symptoms occur, but still some are not caught.
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. It is important to get checked by a health care professional if a new mass is found. A mass that has irregular edges is hard and painless if likely to be cancerous. Some can also be painful and soft. Breast cancer can also spread into the lymph nodes near the arm or around the collar bone. This can cause lumps or swelling.
Some other signs include:
· Breast or nipple pain
· Swelling of the breast
· Nipple turning inward
· Nipple discharge
· Change in the breast skin
Although these symptoms can be related to other things other than breast cancer, if you have any of these symptoms, you should report them to your doctor.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at 818-449-2700 and we will be more than happy to guide you along the process.