What symptoms should all women look for?
You should know how your breasts normally look and feel. Pay attention to changes, such as:
- A lump or dimpling
- Changes in your nipple or fluid leaking from the nipple
- Skin changes or redness that does not go away
- Any other changes in your breasts
If you notice any changes, see your health care provider. Most changes are not cancerous but you should have them checked right away.
Prepare for your next appointment with these helpful questions. Your doctor or nurse practitioner will assess your risk of breast cancer based on the latest evidence and guidelines.
- Is there any history of breast or ovarian cancer in your family?
- Have any of your family members been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer? If so, how old were they when they were diagnosed?
- Have you been diagnosed with breast cancer at 35 years of age or younger?
- Do you have a male in your family who has been diagnosed with breast cancer?
- Has anyone in your family had genetic testing and found that they are a carrier of a genetic mutation such as BRCA1 or BRCA2?
- Are there any other cancers in your family that suggest inherited cancer syndrome like cancer of the fallopian tubes or primary peritoneal cancer?