The Englishwoman Sherrie Rhodes almost overlooked the small, inconspicuous symptom. A dimple on the side of her breast was the only indication of the terrible diagnosis of breast cancer that her doctor gave her as a result. With her Facebook post she wants to make all women aware of this topic.
Detecting Breast Cancer Early – You Can Do It!
What the British mother of three, Sherrie Rhodes, especially drew attention to with her courageous post is that Relevance of screening examinations for breast cancer. Because breast cancer is easily curable – if detected at an early stage. Which signs of breast cancer to take seriously and when it is high time for you to see a doctor.
Symptoms and signs of breast cancer
Harness, hard tissue, or small changes in the breast within your cycle are quite normal. However, there are also clearer ones Signs that may suggest breast cancer. These include:
New, unfamiliar hardenings or Breast lump or in the armpit
Strangers to you Differences in shape and size of the breasts
Confiscation or Pain on the nipple
Water-clear or bloody Secretionsemerging from the nipple
Dimple, Dents or cellulite-like indentations on the chest
New or not decaying Reddening of the skin or flaking on the chest
One-sided Burn or pulling
Off to the precaution!
Even if it is uncomfortable and is not one of the most popular appointments of the year: A chest palpation once a year and a corresponding gynecological examination of the abdomen should be done consistently by every woman. The first visit to the gynecologist should take place during puberty and should be repeated every year from then on. An annual preventive check-up is advisable from the age of 20 at the latest.
The prevention is started so early here because breast cancer is still one of the most common types of cancer in women and every eighth woman is affected. That and the likelihood of having this type of cancer common in young women too between the ages of 25 and 35 is observed is crucial for the investigation. Incidentally, this is also one of the reasons that all health insurances pay for this check-up.
Palpation, ultrasound or mammography?
For young women without hereditary predispositions, this is usually sufficient thorough palpation the breast from the gynecologist. At your own request or the recommendation of the gynecologist, the ultrasound device can also be used. A Breast mammography, so an X-ray, is only from the age of 50 recommended every two years.
This is how you can detect breast cancer early
Breast cancer is one of the most common disease diagnoses by women in Germany. Your body is warning you with these symptoms – and you should listen to them.
Recognizing the first breast cancer symptoms at home
You can also take an equally important precaution from home do. With these three steps, you can see and feel whether your chest has changed:
1. Stand in front of the mirror and look at your breasts: Does a breast have hers Changed size, position or shape? Are there any abnormalities on the skin (dents, folds or indentations)? Has the nipple changed shape or color? Is there any liquid leaking from the nipple?
2 Now place your hand under one of the breasts and lift it up slightly. With three fingers you can now feel the breast piece by piece, so gently press and also circular movements do.
3. Now key yours too Lymph nodes under the armpits.
What you feel can feel differently soft and hard. A hard spot isn’t always a nasty knot, but maybe just one Mammary glandthat compared to the Muscle and fat tissue has a different texture in the breast.
Since your breast tissue can harden once during the cycle, this applies Rule of thumb: On the last day of your bleeding the breast is the softest and should then be palpated.
When do I have to see a doctor?
If you notice a deviation from what you are used to from your breast and suspect a breast cancer symptom, you can seek advice from a doctor. Otherwise it is sufficient to feel it yourself once a month and to visit the gynecologist once a year!