SIGN AND SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER
Breast Cancer Symptoms Vary Widely -- From Lumps to Swelling to Skin Changes
By Jacqueline Tourville
Published on September 17, 2014
More than 250,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer this year -- that’s approximately 1 in 8 women. Breast cancer typically appears in cells lining the breast’s milk ducts, or in the glands that produce milk. Cancer cells formed in the breast can spread through to other places in the body via the lymph nodes.
While the vast majority of cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women, more than 2,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in American men each year. For either sex, symptoms of breast cancer may be detectable through breast self-exam, or doctor’s exam and mammography. The most common sign of breast cancer is a lump found in the breast or armpit area. Because symptoms of breast cancer may be related to noncancerous breast conditions, further testing is almost always required to confirm a diagnosis.
Approximately 15 percent of women who develop breast cancer also have a first-degree relative; mother, sister, daughter who had a breast cancer diagnosis.