Dr. Marla Dudak

Breast Cancer Specialist

Boca Raton Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms

One of the first questions women in Boca Raton will ask are what the signs of breast cancer might be that would trigger someone to go see a doctor.

While not every problem you may perceive with your breasts will be breast cancer related, many could be. If you have any suspicion that anything is wrong, you should always see a qualified medical professional to check your symptoms. Quite often, thankfully, these symptoms are usually related to something far less serious than breast cancer. Better safe than sorry is the best approach, however, because the faster breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the outcome.

Some symptoms are more often associated with breast cancer than others. If you have any of the following, you should see a professional and get tested as soon as possible.

  • Nipple discharge or redness
  • Breast or nipple pain not associated with breast feeding
  • Swelling of part of the breast
  • Dimpling of the breast

Of course, if you feel an unusual lump or mass in your breast during a self-exam (which you do regularly, right?), you should see a doctor as well.

A qualified professional has a suite of tests they can do to check your cancer. Usually, a mammogram will be first, since it is fast and inexpensive. Screening mammography can often rule out cancer without any other tests being needed and when done regularly, they can often find cancer before any other symptoms arise, making them an excellent preventative.

Again, in every case, if you suspect or are concerned with anything regarding your breasts, talk to a medical professional immediately and see your doctor as soon as you can. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll find relief in knowing for sure.

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