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Rianna Seres, via The Medical City | October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Make sure you get yourself checked before it’s too late.

Here are some symptoms we gathered wherein changes in or around your breast should be observed:

• A lump or thickening in an area of the breast
• A change in the shape of the nipple, particularly if it turns in, sinks into the breast, or has an irregular shape
• A blood stained discharge from the nipple
• A rash on a nipple or surrounding area
• A swelling or lump in the armpit
• Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
• A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast (some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture)
• Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast
• Dimpling anywhere on the breast
• Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
• Unexplained shrinkage of the breast (especially if on one side only)
• Recent asymmetry of the breasts (Although it is common for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if the onset of asymmetry is recent, it should be checked.)
• Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted
• Skin of the breast, areola, or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen or may have ridges or pitting resembling the skin of an orange

 These signs do not necessarily mean cancer. Inverted nipples, blood stained nipple discharge or a rash can all be due to other medical conditions.
In the event of any changes to what is normal, one should see a health professional.

Get the facts on the common cancer among women worldwide from this infographic.

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Aside from doing breast self exams at least once a month, let our specialists at the Breast Center take care of you and ensure your peace of mind. For inquiries, call (02) 988-1000 / 988-7000 ext. 6527 / 6528 or visithttp://bit.ly/BreastClinic1002

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