It is an abnormal localized swelling, knot, bump, bulge or protuberance in the breast commonly feared to be cancerous.
Are all breast lumps cancerous?
No. Under normal conditions, the female breast undergoes cyclical changes such as tenderness or lumpiness, related to hormonal variations of the menstrual cycle and age. Breast lumps can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) However, no breast lump should be dismissed as benign until it has been checked by a physician.
What is Breast Cancer?
It is a disease where the cells of the breast multiply in an abnormal and uncontrolled way.
What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
- Lump inside the breast or the under arm.
- Swelling, redness or darkening of the breast
- Change in shape or size of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Rash, in drawing or discharge from the nipple
- Pain in one spot that does not go away.
What is a Breast Self-Examination (BSE)?
A breast self-examination (BSE) is an inspection by a woman of her breasts to detect any changes for early detection of breast disease.
When should one do a Breast Self- Exam?
- A week after your period when the breasts are not swollen or tender.
- The same date every month for menopausal and pregnant women.
- It is recommended from the age of 20 and should continue monthly.