Breast Cancer Signs & Symptoms to Watch Out For
As the age-old adage goes, Health is Wealth. Women’s health can sometimes be a matter of contention. In the APAC region, breast cancer accounts for 31% of total female cancers. Because of these alarming statistics, it is important to keep an eye out for the early warning signs and talk to your doctor about them.
Because of societal norms, asking about it can feel like a sensitive, taboo matter to ask about or discuss. Most Filipinas also find this task intimidating because of fear of what they will hear from their physician. However, your health is an important matter that you need to stay informed and up to date on. We over at the Sheroes team want you to feel perfectly comfortable asking these vital questions so you can live a full and healthful life!
How Do I Ask My Doctor About Breast Cancer Warning Signs?
The first piece of advice we have for you is to stay calm and remember that the purpose of these hard conversations is to get a better idea of your health. A good place to start these conversations is to tell your doctor about the results of your self-assessment and observations you may have about possible symptoms.
One of the most common ways to identify symptoms is to learn how to conduct a self-administered breast examination. This procedure comprises both visual and tactile assessment, which you can study in greater detail here. At first, this process may feel awkward or uncomfortable. However, it is one of the most effective ways for early detection and treatment. To make this task easier for you, we have compiled a few of the most common symptoms to watch out for when it comes to Breast Cancer.
Tender Lumps & Bumps
Tender growths such as lumps under the skin are common signs of early-stage breast cancers. However, most of these growths are actually nothing to worry about. They can be simple dermatological cysts that can be drained with ease, while others are more serious. Should you feel a lump during your self-assessment, take comfort in knowing that it is likely not breast cancer unless you experience several of the other symptoms we report here - it is highly recommended though to consult your doctor to give you the best assessment.
Unusual Breast Discharge
While experiencing lactation is a common occurrence and usually not a cause for concern, experiencing unusual discharges like pus or blood are sure signs that a trip to your doctor may be in order. Take photos of the discharge if you can, and jot down notes about its nature. Is it triggered by applying pressure or is no pressure needed? These are important details that you should tell your doctor.
Swollen Lymph Nodes on Upper Body
Lymph nodes are some of our bodies’ first red flags that something might be wrong. While lymph node swelling can occur even with something as simple as a fever or flu, it can also indicate a more serious disorder especially based on their location. Swollen lymph nodes by your armpit or collarbone may indicate a spread of the cancer should you be experiencing under symptoms on this list in combination.
These three common breast cancer symptoms are only a few of those you should watch out for during your self-assessment. However, even a thorough breast exam at your home does not take the place of a professional’s opinion and a formal mammogram by medical technicians and trained doctors. Not only will this put your mind at ease, but they will also be able to tell you more about your next steps.
Health insurance can help you pay for regular check-ups, screenings, and treatments should you be diagnosed with breast cancer. We at InLife are your partners in Women’s Health. So, get protected today and talk to a Sheroes Financial Advisor to learn more about your options. We have your back, so don’t worry. Take the time to schedule your doctor’s appointment and stay on top of your health, Shero!
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