There are various types of breast cancer and each type show a variety of symptoms. The most recognized once are a lump or mass in the breast tissue. Women should go to the doctor if they find any painless lump or any other changes visible on the breast or nipple.
The signs of breast cancer vary from person to person. That being said, let us take a look at some of the early & common warning signs of breast cancer:
Although these are the usual signs of breast cancer, it may be noted that these can be caused due to other benign conditions too. For that matter, skin conditions like eczema can cause changes to the skin texture on the breast or some infection in the breast can also cause swelling of lymph nodes. It is advised to undergo early evaluation if any of these signs are the cause of concern.
Now, let us take a look at some of the different types of breast cancer and their symptoms:
Invasive Breast Cancer
Following are the symptoms of Invasive Breast Cancer:
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DICS) usually doesn’t show any symptoms. In the majority of cases, DICS can only be detected with the help of a mammogram. Rarely in this type of breast cancer, a woman may have nipple discharge or feel a lump in the breast.
Lobular Carcinoma in Situ
In Lobular Carcinoma in Situ (LCIS), is a precancerous condition. LCIS cannot be detected through a mammogram as it doesn’t cause any symptoms. It is usually detected while doing a breast biopsy.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) seldom causes a lump in the breast, although, the changes caused by IBC can be seen with the naked eye. Due to the complexity of this cancer, a breast self-exam, ultrasounds, clinical breast exam or even a mammogram may not be able to detect it. Soreness, itchiness or redness are often signs of breast infection found on pregnant or breastfeeding women which can be treated with antibiotics. Due to the quick & rapid progression of this cancer, if a woman is not pregnant and develops any sudden changes, she should report to the doctor immediately. Let us see the common symptoms of IBC:
Metastatic Breast Cancer
Metastatic Breast Cancer is stage IV or advanced breast cancer. It means that cancer has metastasized, or spread, to other organs in the body, and its seriousness is often determined by its stage. If cancer spreads to the breast/chest wall it may give rise to symptoms like pain, nipple discharge, lump or thickening of the breast or underarm.
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