Due to the use of regular mammography screening, most breast cancers in the U.S. are found at an early stage, before warning signs appear. However, not all breast cancers are found through mammography.
The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common signs are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.
If you have any of the warning signs described below, see a health care provider.
If you do not have a provider, one of the best ways to find a good one is to get a referral from a trusted family member or friend. If that’s not an option, call your health department, a clinic or a nearby hospital.
IN MOST CASES, THESE CHANGES ARE NOT CANCER.
For example, breast pain is more common with benign breast conditionsthan with breast cancer. However, the only way to know for sure is to see a provider.
If you have breast cancer, it is best to find it at an early stage, when the chances of survival are highest.
Breast lumps or lumpiness
Many women may find that their breasts feel lumpy.
Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture. Some women have more lumpiness in their breasts than others. In most cases, this lumpiness is no cause to worry.
If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, then it is probably normal breast tissue.