The American Cancer Society estimates that 246 660 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the USA alone by the end of the year, with about 40 450 reported deaths at the same time. Breast cancer is one of the most common and deadliest cancer types in women, and about 1 out of every 8 women develop the disease in their lifetime. Detecting the early signs of breast cancer is of utmost importance in hope of catching the disease before it develops.
Here are the 5 most common early breast cancer symptoms:
A new mole or a change in an existing mole
Although moles are associated with increased risk of skin cancer, they are also related to breast cancer. A recent study examined 89 902 women aged 40-65 who were monitored for a period of 18 years. Their moles were documented at the beginning of the study as well. 5 956 of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and the study found that women who had moles on their breasts had a 13% higher risk of cancer than the women without moles. If you notice a new mole on your breast, or a change in an existing one, you should immediately visit your doctor.