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Warning Signs

Breast Cancer has different warning signs, and only a doctor can determine if your condition is cancerous (or malignant). Although eight out of 10 discovered breast lumps are noncancerous (or benign), diagnostic tests are often required to confirm that the lump does not contain cancer cells.

The most common warning signs of breast cancer are illustrated on the following page. If you notice any of these changes, call your doctor immediately. Do not wait to see if the changes appear for a second month.

The FOUR KEYS to breast cancer detection:
• Monthly breast self-exam
• Regular physician physical exam
• Routine mammograms
• Communication*
*Contact your doctor for a diagnostic (non-routine) mammogram any time you have a concern about a possible sign or symptom of breast cancer. DO NOT WAIT until your next scheduled annual visit.

A lump or thickening in the breast
A lump or thickening in the breast.
Change in breast size
Change in breast size, skin color or texture, or other unusual sings such as swelling or redness.
Dimpling or puckering of the skin
Dimpling or puckering of the skin; a change in the shape or direction of the nipples that is especially noticeable when raising arms and looking in the mirror.
Spontaneous fluid leaking from either nipple
Spontaneous fluid leaking from either nipple for no apparent reason; the fluid, which can be either clear or bloody, might be visible on your nightgown or your bra.
A nipple that is sunken, red or scaly
A nipple that is sunken, red or scaly or has an ulcer-like sore.
Swelling in the area of the armpit or collar bone
Swelling in the area of the armpit or collar bone, indicating swollen lymph nodes.
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