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The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. So it's important to check your breasts regularly and see your GP if you notice a change. Checking your breasts only takes a few minutes.
An important way to keep up with your breast health is to be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel, and know what changes to look for. Finding breast cancer as early as possible gives you a better chance of successful treatment. A lump or mass in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer. Such lumps are often hard and painless, though some may be painful.
Breast pain mastalgia — a common complaint among women — can include breast tenderness, sharp burning pain or tightness in your breast tissue. The pain may be constant or it may occur only occasionally. Postmenopausal women sometimes have breast pain, but breast pain is more common in younger women who haven't completed menopause.
A sharp pain in your breast, possibly with some tenderness, may have you wondering if it could be something serious. A breast lump is often the first thing that women and even men notice that spurs a visit to their doctor. We often associate pain with something wrong, so when women feel tenderness or pain in their breast, they often assume it to be breast cancer.
While many women go to the doctor after finding a lump, every woman should also be aware of other changes to the breast or nipple. For example, invasive ductal carcinoma IDCwhich forms in the milk ducts, may cause a distinct breast lump that you can feel. Invasive lobular carcinoma ILCwhich forms in milk-producing glands, may cause a thickening in the breast.
Breast pain can be a symptom of cancer. If you have any symptoms that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away. Different people have different symptoms of breast cancer.
Injust under 50, women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. If it's treated early enough, breast cancer can be prevented from spreading to other parts of the body. The breasts are made up of fat, connective tissue and thousands of tiny glands called lobules, which produce milk.