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Unusual Signs That May Indicate Breast Cancer

Unusual Signs That May Indicate Breast Cancer

BEYOND LUMPS:
OTHER SIGNS OF BREAST CANCER

 

Many of us know to check for irregular breast lumps. But from skin surface changes to unusual mass in other regions, here are some relatively unknown breast cancer signs you should know about: 

 

SKIN DIMPLING

If your skin is dimpling- meaning the skin has a texture similar to an orange peel- it could be a sign of breast cancer. This is often associated with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). 

 

NIPPLE RETRACTION

Most people’s nipples stick out, but it is possible to have inverted nipples. BUT what is concerning is if your nipple used to stick out and is now starting to pull inward. Nipple retraction can be caused by a tumor that’s located in the center of the breast. 

 

LYMPH NODE CHANGES 

Lymph nodes are small, round collections of immune system tissue that filter fluid and capture potentially harmful cells. If a cancer cell leaves the breast, the first place it travels is to the underarm lymph node area (this can lead to swelling in the area). 

 

REDNESS OR A RASH

Your boobs are regularly subjected to things that can irritate them, like your bra, lotions, and soaps. BUT if you notice red rash on your breast that feels warm to the touch and is persistent, you should get it checked out. In some cases, it could be a sign of INFLAMMATORY BREAST CANCER, a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. 

 

If you find something off with your breasts, always be on the safe side and have it checked by your doctor. 

Things Everyone With Boobs Should Know About Breast Cancer Detection

Whether you love ’em, hate ’em, or fall somewhere in between, your breasts are not something that can be ignored. Breast health is something that all women should be conscious of.

You might be thinking to yourself, “I’m only in my twenties and the “big C” doesn’t run in my family. I don’t need to check my breasts for signs of cancer, right?”

Wrong.

Did you know that 1 in 8 women in North America will develop breast cancer over the course of their lives?

While we don’t mean to scare you, the truth is that, statistically, you or someone in your group of friends is likely to battle the complex disease.

That’s why today, in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we challenge all women (regardless of their age!) to give their breasts some TLC.

T – ouch them. Seriously, feel them up!
L – ook for changes. Do you spot any lumps? Is there redness?
C – heck with a doctor. After all, they know best.

Try and get in the habit of doing a breast self-examination once a month to familiarize yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel.

Always remember, early detection is the best protection.