For the last few weeks, everyone has been talking about breast cancer, everyone has been wearing pink ribbons and everyone knows of someone who has been affected by breast cancer.
Dr. Joycelyn Speight, a top cancer specialist with board certifications in Radiation Oncology and Palliative Care wants to know, are you breast cancer savvy ?
What you know about Breast Cancer can help you.
Below, Dr. Joycelyn Speight’s examines the myth vs reality:
1. MYTH: Breast cancer always comes in the form of a lump.
REALITY: Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer. Women should also be aware of other changes in breast tissue that may be signs of cancer. These include swelling; skin irritation or dimpling; breast or nipple pain; a nipple that turns inward; redness, scalyness, or thickening of the skin of the nipple or breast or a discharge other than breast milk. Breast cancer can also spread to underarm lymph nodes and cause swelling there before a tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt.