No Bra Day falls in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is October 13.
Detecting breast cancer as early as possible gives you a better chance of successful treatment. But knowing what to look for does not take the place of having regular mammograms and other screening tests. Screening tests can help find breast cancer in its early stages, before any symptoms appear.
Here are signs you should not ignore:
- Pain in your breast
- Lump or thickening in your breast or armpit
- Change to the skin of your breast
- Changes in the shape or size of your breast
- Dimpling of the skin or thickening in the breast tissue
- A nipple that’s turned in (inverted)
- Rash on the nipple
- Nipple changes or discharge
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Breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt. Swollen lymph nodes should also be checked by a health care provider.
Although any of these symptoms can be caused by things other than breast cancer, if you have them, they should be reported to a health care professional so that the cause can be found.