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Published on Oct 7, 2012
Breast cancer is one of many health concerns involving women's health. If you have questions or concerns about changes in your breasts, Planned Parenthood is here to help.
Signs of breast cancer can include pain in breast, a lump in breast, nipple discharge, etc. Getting a breast cancer screening, such as a breast exam or mammogram, help with detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage.
Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses teach patients about breast care, connect patients to resources to help them get vital biopsies, ultrasounds, and mammograms, and follow up to make sure patients are cared for with the attention they need and deserve.
"HAVE BREAST CANCER SYMPTOMS -- BREAST PAIN, BREAST LUMPS, OTHER CHANGES? PLANNED PARENTHOOD CAN HELP" -- VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
So you're worried because you've noticed a change in your breast and you're wondering about breast cancer symptoms.
First things first, don't freak out. Let's take it one step at a time.
You probably already know this, but breasts change a lot throughout life. Puberty, getting pregnant, breastfeeding, getting older... all of these cause changes that are normal and healthy.
But some changes aren't. Changes like lumps, redness, swelling, puckering, breast pain or discharge from your nipple. If you notice anything like this, or any change that just doesn't seem right, then talk to a doctor or nurse.
A lot of these things end up being less serious than you imagine- like a cyst, infection, or injury. But there is no way to know for sure until you see someone.
Your doctor or nurse might recommend a mammogram or a biopsy. These are tests that can help explain what's going on with your breasts.
But just remember: there are thousands of women just like you who notice an abnormal change, see a health care provider, and then get follow-up tests, but very few of them actually have something serious. In fact, for every 100 women who get a mammogram because they have some kind of symptom, only two to three of them will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
The bottom line is that if you're worried, then see a doctor or nurse. In the small chance that they do find something more serious, the sooner it's found, the better.
You're always welcome at Planned Parenthood. Our doctors and nurses perform hundreds of thousands of clinical breast exams each year. We'll make sure you're cared for with the attention you need and deserve.
To find a Planned Parenthood health center visit www.plannedparenthood.org/ health-center
To get more information about breast cancer screenings visit www.plannedparenthood.org/breast