October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an ideal time we can take to educate ourselves on the disease. Becoming familiar with the early signs and potential risk factors of breast cancer is essential to detect the symptoms early. Early detection of breast cancer can lead to early treatment, and therefore prevent a life-threatening outcome.
The health of all patients in our community is the top priority at AFC Urgent Care Short Hills. Continue reading to learn about breast cancer, and visit our walk-in clinic today for general illness treatment or preventative care services– including vaccinations, lab testing, digital x-rays, and illness diagnosis.
I found a breast lump, what do I do?
If you found a lump in your breast during a self-exam, don’t panic. Many women’s breasts can naturally feel lumpy, and in most cases, breast lumps are not cancerous. However, when you find a lump, you should plan to see a healthcare physician as soon as possible to accurately diagnose whether or not your lump is benign. After an examination, you’ll know if your symptoms need further assessment and you will be referred to a specialist for treatment.
However, remember that only one out of every five lumps is cancerous. If you have any concern about potential breast cancer, don’t ignore the signs. Although it can be scary, it’s much better to seek treatment early than to wait for any symptoms to become more severe.
What are the signs of breast cancer?
As previously mentioned, a single lump does not always mean you have breast cancer. There are many other signs that play a part in diagnosing breast tumors. If any of these symptoms are detected, seek professional care.
Common symptoms of breast cancer include, but aren’t limited to:
- A lump in your breast or underarm that doesn’t go away
- Breast dimpling or puckering
- Swelling in your armpit or near your collarbone
- Pain and tenderness
- Difference in the size, contour, texture, or temperature of your breast
- Unusual or bloody discharge from the nipple
- An itchy rash or sore on the nipple
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s very important that you share this information with a medical professional. At AFC Urgent Care Short Hills, our team strives to answer your questions and alleviate your concerns. Together, we can help plan the path to accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
Should I seek treatment after finding a breast lump?
If you find a lump, or detect any other concerning signs that may indicate breast cancer, it’s always a good idea to be examined professionally. If the lump turns out to be benign, it’s recommended that you schedule another examination or mammogram a few weeks later to ensure there are no developments toward breast cancer.
If you have any concern about breast cancer, no matter how minimal the symptoms may be, you should seek treatment. AFC Urgent Care Short Hills provides high-quality urgent care services to all patients in our communities, and can always refer you to the best treatment plan. This October, educate yourself on breast cancer and what to do if you find a breast lump.