Now that it’s October, have you been seeing lots of pink around town? Use all the color and Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a reminder to learn your risk for breast cancer and know what is normal for your body. Whether you do a self-exam in the shower, in your closet, each week or every other month, the following are important changes to notify your healthcare provider about:
- Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
- Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
- Change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
- Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
- New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away
Most breast changes are benign—or non-cancerous—like cysts and fibroadenomas, but you need to follow-up with a medical provider to be sure!
Know what is normal for you and stay up-to-date on your breast health. More information on breast self-exams is available here.