The treatment of breast cancer has a rate of success dependent on the stage it is discovered in and diagnosed. Here are the early signs of breast cancer you need to know about:

Lumps in the breast or in the underarm – breasts are usually lumpy in texture, but the lumps we normally feel are not painful, hard nor big. The breast tends to have a homogenous texture. But warnings that something might not be right include: a lump that is harder and bigger than the others; one that you can identify while feeling the breast, on several occasions; one that you have not noticed before.

Change in breast shape and size – with age, breasts are bound to change shape and size naturally. Changes like the installation of the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, they all play a role in the natural change process. But unnatural changes should trigger a doctor’s appointment: if one breast becomes visibly larger than the other; when one breast is changing shape: it becomes rounder, of fuller or even catch an irregular, new shape

Constant pain in a certain breast area – pain is also a sign you should seek medical advice, especially if the pain doesn’t go away

Veins gone prominent on the breast – this is also one symptom that may occur in the early development of cancer. If you notice it as a new feature of your breast, go see the doctor.

Sudden nipple discharge – even though nipple discharge is not always associated with breast cancer, sometimes being just a sign of infection that needs treatment, some symptoms should drive you to make a doctor’s appointment rather sooner than later. If the discharge occurs without squeezing the nipple, if it contains blood or if it happens in just one breast, you should seek medical advice.

Sore and/or itchy nipple – these are usually signs of infection, but better check with the doctor, to make sure it is not a more complicated diagnosis.

 

The treatment of breast cancer has a rate of success dependent on the stage it is discovered in and diagnosed. Photo: MarkyBon via Visual hunt /  CC BY-NC-SA

 

Other early signs of breast cancer include:

Swelling and color changing of the breast

Dimples on the breast

Deformities of the nipples or other parts of the breast