Breast cancer in the US accounts for over 30% of all cancer cases diagnosed in women, so it is important to recognize the magnitude of the problem in order to deal with this public health issue.
The sooner the diagnosis is made, the better the prognosis for the patient and many people go on to make a full recovery. It is very important that it is caught as early as possible so that treatment can begin straightaway. Leave it for too long and it might be too late.
Knowing the danger of late-diagnosis, breast self-examination is of paramount importance for detection. Nevertheless, patients should have a medical breast examination each time they go to their routine gynecologist appointment. Patients with higher risk, due to family history, predisposing conditions, age or any other risk factor, should ask their doctors for personalized scheduled mammography depending on their risk level.
Symptom #1: A Lump
One of the first signs that you may have breast cancer is that you discover a lump in your breast. It is often painless and you may not even notice it at first.
A lump in the breast is usually something quite harmless, so there is no reason for alarm straightaway. Regardless, you should still get it checked out as soon as you can. If it does turn out to be breast cancer then it will be easier to treat the sooner you catch it.