Early symptoms of breast cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It’s crucial women of all ages know that one in every eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime according to Susan G. Koman for the Cure.   We put together a few tips for you to help early detection of the deadly disease.

Without panicking or self diagnosing, consider watching out for early symptoms such as the ones listed below. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s best to discuss them with your physician.

 

  • Lumpy Breasts – Watch for lumps or bumps in the breast that are hard and remain in the same place over a period of time.
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes – Watch for swollen lymph nodes in the neck or under the arm near your arm pit.
  • Exceptional Weight Loss – Losing a large amount of weight, unexpectantly in a short period of time,  is a warning sign that you may have a serious health condition.
  • Pain – An unexplained pain in the body could be an early sign of cancer, especially one that is persistant.
  • Depression & Fatigue – Typically these two go hand in hand for any illness but a persistant change in behavior is a sign that something more severe is going on.

 

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