Breast cancer is the most common form of invasive cancer in women, accounting for a total of 22.9% of the cancers in women, and 16% of all forms of cancer in the female gender. It is the second most common cause of death among women, behind lung cancer. Self-examination should be done if a woman becomes suspicious of any kind of abnormalities or irregularities in the appearance of her breasts. These include the following six signs or symptoms (click on each link to learn more about each sign/symptom):
- Breast lump or mass: “The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A mass that’s painless, hard, and has irregular edges is more likely to be cancer, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful. For this reason, it’s important to have any new breast mass, lump, or change checked by a health care provider experienced in diagnosing breast diseases,” the American Cancer Society says.
- Breast or nipple pain: Breast or nipple pain is a feeling of discomfort, tenderness, or affliction in any p