According to the World Health Organisation, breast cancer is the top cancer plague affecting human beings and presently, over 2.5 million Nigerians (mostly women) have died from this cancer. As with all other cancers, early detection is key to surviving. You should know that breast cancer has no symptoms during its early stages; however, there are noticeable signs. A symptom is what only the individual having an ailment can know and feel. For example, a sick person can feel pain in the body or be get tired easily. Those are symptoms. A sign, on the other hand, is observable and can be identified by a doctor. An example of this is a rash.
Here are 3 early signs of cancer:
- The first and foremost sign is a usually painless lump in the breast or armpit. Some women experience this during their menstrual cycle; however, if it persists afterwards it could as well be a sign, an early one.
- Breast shape or breast size changes: any alteration in the texture, temperature, or size of the breast could be an early sign of breast cancer. When the cancer is approaching its advanced stages, a reddish and rough surface like an orange skin will be observed.
- Nipple alterations like itching, dimpling, inversions are other early signs. Discharge from the nipples especially spontaneous and blood-stained ones should not be taken lightly either as well as scales on the nipples.
Please if you notice any of the above signs, don’t hesitate to see your doctor. Ladies have been known to have powerful intuitions. As much as I would not encourage you to weigh yourself down with unnecessary worrying, if you feel the slightest need to see your doctor about your breast, make sure you do so.