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Breast Cancer – Early Signs and Symptoms

Breast Cancer – Early Signs and Symptoms

Women’s health extends beyond the individual; it is a concern that impacts the whole community. Putting women’s health first creates a ripple effect that benefits families and communities. Regular health check-ups and awareness of health problems, like breast cancer, are important to maintaining a healthy community.

The nipples and areolas are important parts of healthy breasts. Women’s breast sizes vary, with some having smaller breasts and others having larger ones. Contrary to popular belief, changes in hormone levels over time can affect breast size and shape. Swelling or sagging breasts can occur in menopausal and pregnant women, while ageing can lead to breast drooping.

One of the main health issues for women is breast cancer. Here are the early signs of breast cancer and the importance of regular check-ups:

Early Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Breast Lump

The most common sign of breast cancer is the presence of a lump or thickening in the breast or underarm area. Regular breast self-examination is essential to identify any abnormal changes.

Changes in Breast Size or Shape

Keep an eye out for any changes in the size or shape of your breasts, including swelling, distortion, or dimpling.

Skin Changes

Breast cancer can cause changes and inflammation in the skin’s appearance. Look for redness, scaliness, or puckering of the breast skin.

Nipple Changes

Changes in the nipple, such as inversion, discharge (other than breast milk), or pain, should be evaluated.

Breast Pain

While breast pain can have various causes and is often not related to cancer, persistent or unusual breast pain should be discussed with a healthcare professional.

Sudden Weight Loss

Experiencing sudden weight loss along with any of the above symptoms needs immediate medical attention.

Nipple or Breast Pain

Persistent pain or discomfort in the breast or nipple should not be ignored.

While awareness of these early signs and symptoms is important, prioritising regular check-ups at the Community Health Centre in Traralgon is equally important. Routine check-ups are essential for preventive healthcare.

The chances of successfully treating breast cancer are considerably increased by early identification. You are taking an active step towards ensuring the wellbeing of yourself and your community by  prioritising your health and seeking regular medical care.

Doctors specialise in men’s health, women’s health, and children’s health, ensuring comprehensive health care that includes breast cancer screenings and early detection. Recognising the early signs is important for catching breast cancer in its early stages. Cancer can affect both women and men, so everyone should be on the lookout for the early signs.

Make Your Health a Priority

Taking care of your health starts with regular health check-ups. If you have any concerns about your breast health or any other health problem, contact us today. Book an appointment online through our website.

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