Professor Zoe Winters PhD (Oxon), FRCS (Edin), FCS (SA) SFHEA
Symptoms of breast cancer
The first symptom of breast cancer that most women notice is a lump or an area of thickened tissue in their breast. Most lumps (90%) are not cancerous, but it is always best to have them checked by your breast cancer Consultant.
If you note the following signs please see your GP in the first instance.
Some symptoms to be aware of are;
Be breast aware. Learn what your breasts look and feel like. Get to know what is normal for you. The appearance and feel of breasts can change at different times of the menstrual cycle. The milk-producing tissue in the breast becomes active in the days before a period starts. In some women, the breasts at this time feel tender and lumpy, especially in the upper-outer part of the breast near the armpits.
After a hysterectomy (removal of the womb), the breasts usually show the same monthly changes until the time when your periods would have stopped naturally.
After the menopause, activity in the milk-producing tissue stops. Normal breasts can feel soft, less firm and not lumpy.
Check your breasts monthly. Any changes, see your GP or breast cancer Consutlant.