Not all women with breast cancer have signs or symptoms. Getting an annual mammogram greatly increases your chance of finding breast cancer in the early stages, when it is easier to beat. When performing breast self-exams you should look for the following signs & symptoms:
- New lump or mass: A lump that is painless, hard and has uneven edges is more likely to be cancer. However, some cancers can be tender, soft and round. If you have any questions or concerns, consult your physician or Midwest Breast Care.
- Painful nipple or the nipple turning inward
- Discharge from the nipple (not breastmilk)
- Lump or mass under your arms
- Swelling on a part of the breast
- Irritated or dimpling skin
- Redness on the breast or nipple
- Rough and scaly breast or nipple
- One in eight women will get breast cancer
- Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer
- This year more than 232,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected in the United States
- Mammography can detect breast cancer up to two years before it is large enough to be felt
- When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 96 percent
(complete yearly beginning at age 40, earlier for high-risk patients)
Mammography is the most widely accepted method of screening for breast changes and detecting breast cancer early. Mammograms can often identify cancer several years before physical symptoms ever develop, and early detection could help save your life. Because approximately one in eight women will get breast cancer, your best chance of finding breast cancer early is through a combination of regular mammograms, routine breast exams by a healthcare professional and personal awareness of changes in your own breasts.
The American Cancer Society recommends asymptomatic women age 40 and over receive both a mammogram and a clinical breast exam every year. It also recommends women ages 20-39 have clinical breast examinations every three years. Women with risk factors for breast cancer should talk with their physician about a personal screening plan based on their situation.
We understand the concerns women have about breast cancer. Our Breast Centers provide a comfortable and private environment focused on the woman seeking breast care. As a Softer Mammogram provider, we make it a top priority to ensure your mammogram is warm and comfortable.