Uncommon breast cancer symptoms
Like many women, she was aware of the common signs of breast cancer (lumps and bumps), but had no idea a dimple was considered a warning sign. After learning about her diagnosis, she decided to post a picture of her breast on social media to help raise awareness about this unlikely symptom. Her story went viral.
In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to jump on the bandwagon and spread awareness about uncommon breast cancer symptoms. Lumps and bumps may be more common, but are certainly not the only warning signs.
Here are some others to look for:
According to WebMD, puckering is an indentation that appears when you raise your arms and retracts when you put your arms back down. To check for this warning sign, stand in front of your mirror, lift your arms above the head and look for any indents that occur. If you find one, this does not necessarily mean you have breast cancer. Make an appointment with your OB/GYN to discuss an action plan.
If clear discharge or blood comes out of the nipple on its own, then make an appointment with your doctor. Although an unlikely symptom, this can be a sign of breast cancer.
Other symptoms include:
- Swelling, redness or darkening of breast
- Change in size or shape
- Itchy, scaly or rash on nipple
- Pulling in your nipple or other part of breast
- Breast pain after menopause
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN right away. Millions of women are surviving breast cancer today thanks to early detection and improvements in testing and treatment. To learn more about early detection and screenings, click here.