Know What is Normal for You

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.