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Breast Cancer Facts

What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

The symptoms of breast cancer include:

  1. Lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm
  2. that persists through the menstrual cycle.
  3. A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea.
  4. A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast.
  5. A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.
  6. A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple
  7. (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed).
  8. Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.
  9. A change in shape or position of the nipple
  10. An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
  11. A marble-like hardened area under the skin.
Any one of these eight symptoms shows cause for you to visit a doctor, get tested and obtain a professional opinion.

How many women alive today have ever had breast cancer?

The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 2.6 million US women with a history of breast cancer were alive in January 2008, more than half of whom were diagnosed less than 10 years earlier. Most of these individuals were cancer-free, while others still had evidence of cancer and may have been undergoing treatment.