Your breast health is important. Knowing what’s normal and what’s not, can help you identify breast cancer early when treatment is most successful. The expert team at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is here to provide you with the information you need to stay healthy and provide treatment and support when you need it.
If you notice any changes to your health, talk to your doctor. Breast cancer signs are different from patient to patient. You should be familiar with your breasts so you that you notice if something changes. Annual mammograms, which are recommended for women age 40 and older, can often detect breast cancer early, before you ever experience any symptoms.
These symptoms may be associated with other health conditions and do not always mean that you have breast cancer. If you have any of these symptoms, it is important that you see your doctor right away.
Most cases of breast cancer present at an early stage with a breast mass, breast pain or an abnormal mammogram. However up to 10% can present as metastatic disease or stage IV. In stage IV breast cancer, the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, commonly bones, lungs, liver or brain.
Breast cancer can be non-invasive or invasive.
The most common subtype of non-invasive breast cancer is ductal carcinoma in situ (starts in breast milk duct), which is highly treatable and curable.
If you are experiencing symptoms that worry you, Banner MD Anderson is here to help. Make an appointment with our caring team of breast cancer experts.