Brest cancers are potentially life-threatening malignant tumors that develop in one or both breast. The interior of the female breast is made of mostly fatty and fibrous connective tissues which are divided into about 20 sections known as lobes. Each lobe is further subdivided into a collection of lobules, which are structures that contain small milk-producing glands. Through tiny ducts the milk is carried through the breast and converges in a collecting chamber located just below the nipple. Most cancers begin in the ducts, some in the lobules and the rest in other tissues.
Early breast cancer usually does not show any symptoms or signs. Some tumors may be visible on a mammogram before the first sign of symptoms appears. It is important for all women to be familiar with the appearance, feeling, shape, and texture of their breast in order to detect changes as soon as they occur. Specially, a woman should look for the following unusual symptoms:
- Any new lumps (many women normally have lumpy breasts) or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
- A change in the size or shape of the breast
- Nipple tenderness, discharge, persistent sore, or physical changes such as the nipple pulled back (inverted) into the breast
- Skin irritation or changes such as puckers, dimples or creases around the breast area
- Ridges, pitting, warmth, redness, or swelling of the breasts with a rash resembling the skin of an orange
- Pain in the breast
If you experience any of the above ovarian cancer symptoms it is advised that you see your healthcare provider for a more thorough check so the proper diagnose and treatment can be apply.