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Breast cancer symptoms: The top three signs of the deadly disease

The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances of successful treatment. This is why it's important to know what you're looking for. Here are three warning signs of the deadly disease.

Breast Cancer Now – the research and care charity – attested that the condition arises from a variety of factors.

This includes lifestyle choices, genetics and the surrounding environment.

Two risk factors include being born a woman and increasing age, especially when you're 50 or older.

One warning sign of breast cancer is finding a lump, or swelling, in the breast, upper chest or armpit.

The lump, or swelling, may not be visible to the naked eye, but could be felt.

Another warning sign of the condition includes nipple changes, such as an inverted nipple.

Other nipple changes can include a rash or crusting around the nipple, or any unusual discharge leaking from it.

The third sign of breast cancer is a change to the skin around the breast, such as puckering or dimpling.

There are other signs of breast cancer that you need to be aware of. This includes a change in the colour of the breast.

For example, the breast may look red or inflamed. Moreover, any changes in the size of shape of the breast may be a sign of breast cancer.

It's also important to note if there is any persistent pain felt in the breast.

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It's vital to know what's normal for your own (or your partner's) breasts.

This is where some "TLC" comes in handy – touch, look and check, outlined below.

Touch

Touch the breasts: can you feel anything unusual? Remember to check the whole breast aura, including the upper chest and armpits.

Look and check

Look for changes: does anything look different? If so, get it checked out by your GP.


During the coronavirus outbreak, a consultation with the GP may take place over the telephone.

From that point forward, the affected person may be asked to attend a breast clinic.

At a breast clinic, a breast examination may be followed by a mammogram, ultrasound, core biopsy or fine needle aspiration.

People are allowed to take a partner, friend or relative with them for company and support.

Results may be available that day, but if a biopsy is taken it could be longer.

It's important to get checked out by a healthcare professional if you're a bit concerned.

Not all breast changes are cancerous, in fact there may be a host of other possibilities.

However, it'll still be helpful to gain an understanding of your breast changes.



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