Eighty-three percent of people with breast cancer usually report a lump as their initial symptom. However, there is a small chunk of breast cancer victims where their first signal was not in a form of a bukol.
A 2016 study from the National Cancer Research Institute in the United Kingdom revealed that one in six women diagnosed of breast cancer saw breast abnormalities before lumps. This was before the illness eventually manifested.
These abnormalities are called “atypical symptoms”, or uncommon signs of breast cancer. They are often overlooked because they seem harmless and their causes are attributed by the patient to other, less serious diseases. .
Here are the atypical symptoms you should look out for:
Swelling of the breast can be an underlying effect of a hidden lump. Pain can also be felt along with the shape or size change. In the abovementioned research, 6 percent of the women reported swelling first as their concern.
- Scaly skin
If skin around your breasts appear to be covered in an orange-like peel, this may be an effect of a tumor blocking the channel between the breast and the skin. It usually starts with a rough patch thicker than the rest of your skin.
- Nipple discharge
A nipple discharging fluids that is not breast milk can also be a symptom. The researchers of the study suggest to immediately see a doctor if discharge happens without any physical contact like touching or squeezing. It mostly affects one breast at a time in the form of blood, etc.
- Nipple changes
There will be instances where breast cancer can cause the nipples to turn inward (nipple retractions). The mass growth inside the breast affects the shape of the nipple. Among the tested, 7 percent reported nipple abnormalities first before discovering lumps.
Lumps are the most common signs we look for when worries of breast cancer bug us. However, if one of the four abnormalities appear in your breasts and does not go away, tick away that concern and immediately consult a doctor. Early screening will not only save you money, but your life as well.