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Breast Cancer Warning Signs

The American Cancer Society encourages women in their 20s and 30s to begin monthly self breast exams. Conducting a self-exam can help you learn what is normal for your body and may help you notice changes.

When most women think of breast cancer symptoms, they think of finding a small lump in the breast. Most women know to get checked out if they discover an unusual lump -- whether small, hard and painless or soft, round and tender. However, there are various other symptoms you should look for when conducting your monthly self-exam.

According to the American Cancer Society, other symptoms of breast cancer may include:

• Breast pain

• Inward-turning nipple

• Nipple pain

• Nipple discharge (not breast milk)

• Redness or scaliness of the nipple

• Thickening of the nipple or skin on the breast

If you observe any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your primary care physician.

To find a physician at a Texas Health hospital near you, visit TexasHealth.org/FindAPhysician or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Fall/Winter 2010)

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