Six key warning signs of breast cancer you shouldn't ignore

Warning signs of breast cancer to watch out for.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer to be diagnosed in the UK, but it’s not always easy to know if you’re at risk. It’s absolutely vital that women check their breasts regularly to spot the condition early.

About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Most people diagnosed with the disease are over 50, although people of all ages may develop the cancer.

You should see a GP if you develop any of the symptoms of breast cancer.

The most common symptom of breast cancer is a breast lump – but there’s also a number of other key warning signs.

Breast cancer symptoms: Six key warning signs
Breast cancer symptoms: Six key warning signs of breast cancer you shouldn’t ignore (Image: GETTY Images)

The lump could be found anywhere along the chest wall, right the way through to under the armpit.

But patients could also develop bleeding from the nipple, as well as breast pain.

The skin could appear dimpled or swollen around the breast, or there might simply be some unexplained skin changes.

Inverted nipples could also be caused by breast cancer, warned Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

“Breast cancer is most often associated with having a breast lump,” it said.

“However, your symptoms may vary depending on your specific type of breast cancer.

“While it’s true that many breast cancer patients have a lump, not all of them will, so it’s important to know the other signs and symptoms.

“Having some of these symptoms or breast changes doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast cancer. Many other factors go into a diagnosis, not just outward signs.”

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Common breast cancer symptoms

  • Breast swelling
  • Discharge from the nipple
  • Dimpling of the skin
  • Nipple that turns inward
  • Swelling or a lump under the arm or on the collarbone
  • Skin changes on the breast or nipple

The cause of breast cancer isn’t entirely understood, but there are certain risk factors that may increase your risk, the NHS said.

You may have a higher chance of developing breast cancer if you have close relatives that have had either breast or ovarian cancer.

You could lower your risk of cancer, as well as a number of other conditions, by eating a healthy, balanced diet, and by regularly exercising.

Women that breastfeed are also less likely to develop breast cancer.

Physical activity associated with better cognition in breast cancer patients

Post source Daily Express

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