breast cancer symptomsWomen (and men, because men can get breast cancer, too) should conduct a self-examination of their breasts if they see, feel, or suspect any kind of abnormalities or irregularities. These include:

  • Unusual tenderness of the nipple, with pores formed near the nipple (like those found in orange peels);
  • Thickening of the area near the breasts or underarms, or the presence of a lump near the nipples or anywhere in or around the breast tissue;
  • Unexplained shrinkage in the size of the breasts;
  • Asymmetrical appearance of the breasts which might seem unusual;
  • Nipples that appear slightly inverted in their orientation, compared to their normal appearance;
  • The skin near the nipples or surrounding them, or an area around the breasts, appears red and patchy or scaly;
  • Check for any kind of clear or bloody discharge from the nipples. Nipple discharge isn’t necessarily abnormal, even when a woman is not breastfeeding, but it should be checked by a physician. A man who notices nipple discharge should always have it evaluated, regardless of the circumstances.

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