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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Warning Signs of Breast cancer

The Warning Signs or Symptoms of Breast Cancer

  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle 
  • A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea 
  • A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast 
  • A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple 
  • A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed) 
  • Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple 
  • An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast 
  • A marble-like hardened area under the skin 

These changes may be found during a breast self-exam.For instruction on how to do a self exam go to

On a personal note, I remember being extremely tired the months preceding my BC diagnosis. My routine and diet had not changed but my energy level was remarkably less. I found a hard pea lump through self-examination of the left breast, which turned out to be benign (no cancer). The right breast however had a shadow seen through an ultrasound which later disclosed a cancerous growth by an MRI and a biopsy.

Go figure? This is not an uncommon occurrence either.

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