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Breast Cancer: Symptoms & Detection

Woman getting a mammogram

In some cases, breast cancer may not have any symptoms at all. In other instances, a lump or mass may become prevalent. According to the American Cancer Society, there are seven unusual symptoms of breast cancer that any woman should be aware of. They are swelling of all or part of the breast, skin irritation or dimpling, breast pain, nipple pain or the nipple turning inward, redness, scaling, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin, a nipple discharge other than breast milk and a lump in the underarm area.

It is important to see your doctor right away if you notice any abnormal changes in your breasts, that way the process of detection can begin.

Breast Cancer Detection

Getting properly screened is crucial when it comes to keeping your breasts healthy. The earlier a problem is detected, the better. There are a variety of tests doctors can use to detect breast cancer.

  • Screenings, such as yearly mammograms, are generally given to healthy women in order to find any breast cancer before symptoms develop. The earlier the disease is detected, the easier it is to treat.
  • Diagnostic tests like a breast biopsy are given to those suspected of having breast cancer because of symptoms they are experiencing or they have a positive screening test.
  • Monitoring tests are performed if breast cancer has been diagnosed to see how well the cancer is responding to prescribed treatment and to see if there is any recurrence.

Drexel Cancer Care

Drexel Cancer Care utilizes the latest medical breakthroughs to treat all forms of cancer, including breast cancer. Our specialists are located centrally in Philadelphia, offering patients easy access to advanced cancer care, and are committed to providing patients with compassionate, comprehensive cancer treatment.

Drexel Cancer Care also provides patients with access to numerous support groups. These groups are offered free of charge to patients, families and caregivers.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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