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Common Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer

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Common Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

From bumps to aches and pains, many symptoms may be a warning sign for this form of cancer. The health experts at McDonough District Hospital are here to outline the most commonly experienced symptoms that may point to the presence of breast cancer.

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a form of cancer that can affect breast tissue. This happens when breast cells begin to grow out of control and form into a tumor that can be viewed on an X-ray or physically felt as a lump.

Commonly Reported Signs & Symptoms

One of the tell-tale signs that someone may have breast cancer is the development of a new lump or mass in the breast or below the armpit. However, the following symptoms can also mean that breast cancer may be present:

  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Dimpling of the skin of the breast.
  • Irritated or flaky skin around the nipple.
  • Pain affecting the nipple.
  • Nipple discharge that isn’t breast milk.
  • Changes in the size and shape of the breast.

Why Other Lumps May Be Normal

When it comes to identifying causes for concern surrounding your breast health, it is also essential that you know what is normal for you and your body. Because breast cancer is commonly associated with lumps and bumps, it’s also important to keep in mind that this is perfectly normal for some.

For example, women with dense breasts are more likely to have harmless lumps and bumps than those with less dense breast tissue. Having dense breasts just means that a woman has more fibrous and glandular tissue than fatty tissue. This makes it increasingly important to become familiar with your breast size, shape, and feel by performing self-exams between visits to your OBGYN.

Women’s Health Services and Diagnostic Imaging in Macomb, Illinois

MDH focuses on technology to offer you the best in medical imaging. Digital images are viewed using the Picture Archive Communication System (PACS) and Digital Radiography (DR) to distribute imaging information and provide a wide range of radiology services.

To learn more about our women’s health services, visit our website or give us a call at (309) 833-4101.