Breast Cancer Symptoms
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The widespread use of screening mammograms has increased the number of breast cancers found before they cause any symptoms, but some are still missed. Dr. Edward Hill discusses breast cancer symptoms in the 60 Second Housecall.

Breast cancer symptoms vary widely and many breast cancers have no obvious symptoms at all. Symptoms similar to those of breast cancer may be the result of non-cancerous conditions like infection or a cyst.

The most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. Other signs of breast cancer include:

* Swelling of all or part of the breast

* Breast or nipple pain

* Redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin

* Nipple discharge other than breast milk

* A lump in the underarm area

Breast self-exam should be part of your monthly health care routine, and you should visit your doctor if you experience breast changes. If youíre over 40 or at a high risk for the disease, you should also have an annual mammogram and physical exam by a doctor. The earlier breast cancer is found and diagnosed, the better your chances of beating it.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.