Breast cancer is the formation of cancer cells within the breast tissue. Apart from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women. Furthermore, itâ??s not just women who develop breast cancer â?? men can get it too.

With the help of this article, you can learn the early signs of breast cancer, as well as the risk factors, and how to prevent it.

Perform a self-breast examination

By doing this daily, you can detect the signs of cancer early and be able to get help as soon as possible.

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Check for the common symptoms of breast cancer

As you’re examining yourself, check for these signs of breast cancer:

  • Look for changes in how the breast or nipple feels. There may be some tenderness on your nipples or you might feel a lump or a thickening on your breast or around the underarm area.

  • Look for changes on how the breast or nipple looks. Sometimes the skin on your breast and nipple might be swollen, red, or have a rough feeling to it. There could be changes in the size and shape of your breast or a nipple might have turned inward.

  • Be aware of nipple discharge.

Be cautious of other minor signs

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a really uncommon type of breast cancer and can be very hard to detect, even with a mammogram. Here are the signs of IBC:

  • A breast that’s larger than the other.

  • Skin on the breast that’s red or pink.

  • Swelling on the breast.

  • A rash either on the entire breast or in small patches on the breast.

  • The skin on the breast has an “orange” like texture. (Bumpy, rough.)

  • Skin that is hot to the touch.

  • Itchiness or pain on the breast.

  • Nipple discharge.

  • Thickened areas or ridges on the breast.

  • Nipples that are inverted or flat.

  • Swollen lymph nodes near the armpit or on the neck.

If you notice any signs, see a doctor right away

Even if you have your doubts, it still doesn’t hurt to check and make sure.

Risk factors for breast cancer:

  • Diets high in bad saturated- and trans-fats.

  • Obesity.

  • If you have a history of breast cancer in your family.

  • If you are over 65.

  • If you had a late menopause.

  • If you’ve never had children.

  • If you gave birth to your first child at an older age.

  • If you’re taking hormones.

  • Smoking and drinking, because of the harmful chemicals.

Prevention of breast cancer

It is very important to have your health practitioner check you out should you even suspect that something is out of the ordinary.  Have an early detection plan. A detection plan should help you detect breast cancer early.

  • Have monthly breast self-exams beginning at the age of 20.

  • Have a doctor give you a breast exam every three years between the ages of 20-39.

  • Get a breast exam by a doctor every year after you are 39.

  • Start having mammograms after you are 40 and get one every two years when you are between 40-49 and have them yearly after you are 49.

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