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Do You Know the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and while breast cancer is most commonly found in women over the age of 50, it can affect anyone regardless of age or gender. In fact, in the United States, 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed is in a man. With this in mind, what are the symptoms of breast cancer, and how important are screenings to catch breast cancer early?

Breast Cancer Symptoms for Women

Symptoms of breast cancer vary from person to person. The most common early warning signs of breast cancer in women can include:

  • A new lump in the breast or underarm
  • Pain or swelling in the breast
  • Any change in the size, shape, or thickness of the breast
  • Changes in the texture of the breast skin
  • Pain, or dimpling of the nipple
  • Unusual discharge of the nipple (such as blood)

These symptoms can occur in other conditions. It is also important to note that some women do not experience any signs or symptoms at all.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is crucial to let your doctor know as soon as possible. Click here to schedule an appointment at Village Health Partners.

Breast Cancer Symptoms for Men

Men aren’t always aware of breast cancer symptoms which means that breast cancer is less likely to be detected at an earlier stage. Breast cancer in men most commonly presents as:

  • A new lump or swelling in the breast or underarm
  • Redness, irritation, or flaky skin of the breast
  • Change in texture of breast skin
  • Pain or dimpling of the nipple
  • Discharge from the nipple

These symptoms can occur in other conditions. It is also important to note that some men do not experience any signs or symptoms at all.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is crucial to let your doctor know as soon as possible. Click here to schedule an appointment at Village Health Partners.

Importance of Breast Cancer Screenings

There are several factors that can increase your risk of breast cancer that should be discussed with your provider. Although it can’t prevent breast cancer, an annual screening can help detect breast cancer at an earlier stage when treatment is most successful. Annual Screenings also help establish a baseline of your breast health and enables both you and your provider to catch any changes early before a cancer can progress. The most common screening test for breast cancer is mammography. Click here to read more about mammograms.

Where to Get a Mammogram in North Texas

Scheduling a mammogram is an important part of your whole-person wellness! Click the link below to see a list of places you can get your mammogram done. Locations include Plano, Frisco, Dallas, Allen, McKinney and more!

Click here for a list of locations to get your mammogram

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