As we wrap up National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is important that we are aware that the statistics of breast cancer are staggering. 1 in 8 American women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. Unfortunately, breast cancer does not discriminate; it affects people of all ages and races. In case you aren’t aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, here is a quick breakdown of things to look out for as you give yourself self-examinations:
Change in the way breast or nipple feels
- Nipple tenderness, lump or thickening in or near your breast or underarm area
- Change in the texture of your skin or enlargement of the pores of your breasts
- A lump in your breast (even if it’s small make sure to see professional for a screening)
Change in breast or nipple appearance
- Any unexplained change in size or shape of your breast
- Dimpling anywhere on your breast
- Unexplained swelling of your breast
- Unexplained shrinkage of your breast
- Recent unexplained asymmetry of your breast (it’s common for women to have one breast larger than the other)
- Your nipple is slightly inward or inverted
- Skin of your breast, areola, or nipple that becomes red, scaly or swollen or resemble the skin of an orange
- Any nipple discharge
- Particularly if you have clear discharge or bloody discharge
It is important to know that most times these symptoms are not due to cancer, but it’s important to be seen for regular screenings. Your doctor is always able to check for breast cancer before you have any noticeable symptoms.
If you would like more information on breast cancer, contact Dr. Gordon C. Gunn MD at 714-912-2211 or visit www.gordongunnmd.com to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Gordon Gunn proudly serves Fullerton and all surrounding areas.