According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is the second most common cancer for women in the U.S.
Know what to look for
Regular breast self-exams, along with knowing the early warning signs of breast cancer, are key for early detection. If breast cancer is found during a screening exam, it’s more likely to be smaller and less likely to have spread outside the breast,
the American Cancer Society explains. Some things to look out for include:
- A new lump in the breast or underarm
- Any changes in breast shape or size
- Pain in the breast
- Nipple discharge
If you notice any of these changes, it is important to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician (PCP) or OB-GYN as soon as possible. Your doctor will order appropriate testing.