Breast cancer in the early stages of the disease generally shows little to no symptoms. Therefore, as it is promoted here at PinkDrive, it is vital to be aware of any possible signs of breast cancer, as early detection may save your life!
Typically, a lump detected in the breast is correlated with breast cancer. Whilst performing your monthly self-exam, you may notice a change or even consistent uncharacteristic pain.
The following may indicate early signs of breast cancer:
- Redness, skin irritation, itchiness, or a rash in the breast
- A lump in the breast or under the armpit
- Swelling around the collarbone
- Change in the shape of one of the breasts or one breast becoming lower than the other
- Constant breast pain lingers even after your next period
- A new lump appears and remains even after your period
- A lump that is hard with bumpy edges
- Nipple secretion that is either clear, yellow, brown or red in color
- Change in the nipple, eg. nipple retraction
- Swelling of the glands in the armpit
The following may indicate later signs of breast cancer:
- An existing lump which gets bigger
- The enlargement of one breast
- Weight loss (unintended)
- Nipple retraction
- Breast surface dimpling
- New visible veins over the breast
- Swollen lymph nodes in the armpit
- An “orange peel” texture to the skin
These symptoms are not necessarily a clear indication that you have breast cancer. It is advised that you seek out medical attention and advise. If you do not have medical aid and cannot get medical advice, PinkDrive has mobile units that travel to semi-urban and urban areas around South Africa. PinkDrive aims to assist all medically uninsured women access to health services. These include free education on women’s health, free mammograms, free pap smears, free clinical examinations and how to do breast self-examinations.
For more information as to the next location of a PinkDrive mobile unit near you, please click here