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Recognizing the Signs of Poor Breast Health | Fullerton, CA

Breast cancer remains a prevalent concern, affecting nearly 300,000 individuals annually, irrespective of age or gender. Detecting potential signs early can significantly impact outcomes, making awareness and regular screening essential.

At-Home Screening Tips:

Perform a self-examination monthly, ideally around the time of your menstrual cycle:

  • Raise one arm and relax it.
  • Use your opposite hand with two fingers to gently explore your breast in a spiral pattern, feeling for any abnormalities such as:
    • Nipple tenderness, lumps, or thickening in or around the breast or underarm area.
    • Changes in skin texture or enlarged pores.
    • Any new or unusual lump, regardless of size.

Pay Attention to Changes:

Additionally, monitor your nipples for:

  • Unexplained swelling or shrinkage.
  • Recent asymmetry or changes in size or shape.
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin.
  • Inward or inverted nipples.
  • Red, scaly, swollen skin resembling an orange peel texture.
  • Nipple discharge.

Taking Action:

Regular at-home exams are crucial for early detection. If you notice any concerning symptoms, such as lumps, tenderness, or visual changes in your breast, consult your doctor promptly for evaluation.

For more information on breast health and cancer symptoms, contact Dr. Gordon C. Gunn MD at 714-912-2211 or visit www.gordongunnmd.com to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Gunn proudly serves Fullerton and surrounding areas.