Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S. One in 8 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That's why education, screening and state-of-the-art breast cancer treatment is so important.
Breast cancer symptoms
General warning signs of breast cancer include:
General breast pain.
A new lump in the breast.
Breast thickening or swelling.
Shift in the breast shape or size.
Changes in the nipple, including bloody discharge.
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible.
Breast cancer screenings Detecting breast cancer early is key to the best possible outcomes. Undiagnosed breast cancer can lead to serious complications and even death. In addition to regular breast self-exams, a mammogram, or X-ray of the breast, is the most accurate method available to detect breast disease when no symptoms exist.
Remember that early detection saves lives. Consider using your birthday as a reminder to celebrate good health by scheduling a mammogram. Mayo Clinic physicians and the American Cancer Society recommend women have an annual breast screening, beginning at 40. Your provider will let you know if you should be screened more or less frequently based on your health history.
Breast cancer imaging and care
If have concerning symptoms or have received a breast cancer diagnosis, you may be feeling a wide range of emotions. Mayo Clinic Health System will help you and your family through every step of the journey — physically, emotionally and spiritually. Numerous diagnostic tools, advanced cancer treatment programs and supportive services are available close to home. Learn about breast screening and cancer care available near you.