Know Your Risk: Breast Cancer

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In 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 49,290 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. Because of early detection and advancements in treatment, the death rates of breast cancer are dropping. It is important to know the early warning signs of breast cancer and start routine screenings as early as 40 years old, based on your doctor’s recommendation and your risk factors.

What are some warning signs of breast cancer?

  1. New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
  2. Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  3. Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  4. Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  5. Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  6. Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  7. Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  8. Pain in any area of the breast.

Keep in mind that these symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not cancer.

It is important for you to understand that you are not alone, as of January 2021, there are more than 3.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. There are many resources out there for you to utilized including many great support groups.

If you have any signs or symptoms that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away. If you do not have a primary care provider, give us a call at 412-661-2802 to schedule an appointment.