Breast cancer forms as cells in the breast begin to rapidly multiply. This condition can occur in both men and women, though it is more commonly diagnosed in women.
Often, these cells will form a tumor that can be seen through imaging, such as an x-ray, or felt as a lump. The tumor is identified as malignant, or cancerous, if the cells have the potential to spread to surrounding tissue and other areas of the body.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer signs and symptoms may include the following:
- A lump or thickening of tissue in the breast
- Change in the size, shape or appearance of the breast
- A suddenly inverted nipple
- Peeling or flaking of the skin surrounding the nipple
- Redness or changes in color of the skin over your breast
Breast Cancer Screening: Mammogram
The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35-40, and receive a mammogram yearly after age 40. Women at high risk should have mammograms more often.
When to See a Doctor
If you notice any sudden changes or an abnormal appearance in your breast, make an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation.