If You Find a Lump
When performing your monthly breast self-exam, the key word is "change." If you notice any changes from one month to the next, call your doctor immediately.
Early warnings signs of breast cancer are lumps you can see or feel, dimpling or puckering of the breast skin, changes in the contour or shape of the breast, and any discharge from the nipple. Call your doctor immediately to report any lumps, thickening of the breast, or discharges you find when you are examining your breasts.
The American Cancer Society reports that 1 out of 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, but early detection can lead to survival. Almost 90 percent of women who get breast cancer can survive if they stay alert, perform a monthly breast self-exam, have their breasts examined regularly by a physician, and have mammograms according to the American Cancer Society guidelines.
While most lumps and changes in the breast are not due to cancer, it is important to remember that your best defense against breast cancer is early detection.
Visit The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website for more information.