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Breast cancer symptoms in pictures

Breast cancer symptoms are well known and described by many health experts but unfortunately most women don’t pay enough attention to detectable and visible signs of breast cancer.

Breast cancer starts when normal cells transform into cancerous cells and these breast cells begin to grow out of control. After some time breast cancerous cells form a tumor (breast lump) that can be felt and identified by palpation and could be seen on mammogram. Breast cancer cells can invade into surrounding tissues or spread to other areas of body. This is why breast cancer symptoms can be different in different cases.

Breast cancerous cells can spread when the cancer cells get into the blood or lymph system – through blood and lymph system cancerous cells could appear in different organs.

Mostly breast cancer is developed in women but sometimes men also could have breast cancer. Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women.

Early breast cancer detection can insure effective modern treatment – earlier you identify breast cancer symptoms, higher would be the survival chances (up to 95-98%).

Breast cancer

Most common breast cancer symptoms

  • Breast lump,
  • Changed nipple (inverted nipple, itching nipple, unusual appearance of nipple);
  • Breast pain (localized pain, pain in armpit);
  • Breast skin appearance (skin dimpling, itching, skin changes in color and texture);
  • Breast shape (changed breast shape on one side);
  • Breast redness (irritation, inflammation).

Breast cancer symptoms

Inverted nipple

Breast cancer is the most dangerous cause of inverted nipple – it is invasive cancerous tumor that develops in the mammary gland. Inverted nipple could be first and only sign of breast cancer.

Healthy nipples are most times “pop out” or become visible after stimulation or temperature changes. Any nipple that is more indented than protruding can be considered as inverted nipple which should not be confused with so called “flat nipples” which are lying flat against the areola, instead of sticking out or dimpling in. Actually the inverted nipple is a condition in which the nipple is pulled inward into the breast instead of pointing outward. Some experts call it as “nipple inversion” or “nipple retraction” or “invaginated nipple”.

Signs of breast cancer

Breast cancer symptoms – armpit itching, lump or pain

Armpit itching

Armpit lump or pain

Breast cancer signs in men

Male breast cancer

Male breast cancer symptoms

Early breast cancer detection is very important which can prevent deaths from breast cancer. In general, early breast cancer diagnosis, when the tumor is small and has not spread, is much easier to treat successfully.

Annual breast cancer screening tests (mammography, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), molecular breast imaging (MBI), digital mammography, breast ultrasound, tomosynthesis, breast biopsy) are the most reliable.

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