Although the symptoms of breast cancer in women are similar to those experienced by men, the symptoms can be quite different and the course of treatment may be very different as well. While it is difficult to detect early symptoms of cancer in women, a yearly exam by a medical professional will help detect any possible issues with your health that need to be addressed. The following is an outline of some of the symptoms to look for.
A woman may notice a change in her breasts. This could be a new lump or change in the shape and size of the implants. Another possibility is a discharge from the vagina. In general, if there is vaginal bleeding, it could be a sign of another, more serious condition.
There are other symptoms of breast cancer in women that are more specific. The majority of these complaints are either a) painful, b) unusual in form and/or c) cancerous. Any of these should be investigated by a doctor. Symptoms of breast cancer in women that are painful include a) pain during any part of the torso on the side, b) tenderness, c) redness, d) swelling and e) nipple hardness. These are all signs of a ruptured cyst or cancerous implants.
Some other symptoms in women include a) fever, d) weight loss, and e) changes in the pattern of bowel movements. Any of these conditions should be checked out by a doctor. Other symptoms include a) difficulty breathing b) abdominal swelling and discoloration, and c) numbness or tingling sensations. If at all possible, a woman should have these symptoms appear along with any of the above-mentioned symptoms. If not, she should see her doctor immediately to find out what is wrong.
One of the most significant symptoms of breast cancer lumps. Very often the lump is very firm and feels like an abnormal mass. It is also sometimes painful. Lumps can be present at any time but they more likely to appear after two menstrual cycles or after a year of menopause. A doctor can either find out through digital rectal exams or via an ultrasound whether the lump is malignant or benign. However, in many cases it is easy to know whether a lump is benign or malignant based simply on its appearance.
Another symptom is a change in the shape or size of the breast. This is probably the most common complaint and almost certainly indicates cancer. The lumps and changes in the breast may also be accompanied by hair loss. This could be due to the swelling associated with the formation of the lump, and/or to the fact that the body is attempting to repair the loss of tissue that has been caused by the tumor. In addition, some women experience a white leathery like material coming from under the skin of the breast.
When considering the symptoms of breast cancer in women, it is important to consider how the onset of symptoms will be. If a woman only experiences the development of one or two of these symptoms, then she may not have the disease. But if a woman develops more than one of these symptoms, then she is more likely to have the disease. The symptoms of breast cancer in women are not set in stone and often change from one patient to the next.
In conclusion, the symptoms of breast cancer in women are not set in stone. Each woman’s body will react to the tumor as it develops differently. Nevertheless, these symptoms can often help guide a doctor in the right direction. When in doubt, get yourself screened for breast cancer.