Nipples can be injured, sometimes seriously. Injuries to the nipples are most common during breastfeeding. They can also occur when a person accidentally snags or pulls out a nipple ring or during intense exercise.
This routine will help you get to know how your breasts feel normally. You will then be able to notice if there are any changes, including any new or different lumps. Another great time to do an exam is the day you see your HCP for a check-up, and he or she has said that your breasts are healthy.
This is seldom a sign of breast cancer; many women experience clear or milky discharge as a regular part of their menstrual cycle. But if the discharge is dark brown or bloodyit might signal an infection or, less commonly, cancer, and you should be checked by a doctor. Breast cancer symptoms almost always appear in just one breast at a time.
Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death for British women - and the threat is rising. Health bosses are trying to contactwomen who missed screening scans because of computer failings dating back almost a decade. Women are advised to check their breasts each month for signs of cancer - but now experts have urged women to start making those regular checks in their 20s.
Women worry a lot about their breasts, and not just whether one is way bigger than the other — one study showed that 16 percent of all women between 40 and 69 have seen a doctor about their breasts at some point within a ten-year period. One suspects that most of those visits were motivated by our fear of breast cancer, which makes sense: about 12 percent of all U. And while there's new hope in treatment — just today, it was revealed that scientists had mapped the genetic events that cause breast cancer — it's still a very scary thing.
Just as breasts come in all shapes and sizes, nipples can vary greatly from person to person, too. Nipple color is usually related to your skin color, but changes in hormone levels and other factors can cause the color of your nipples and areolae the darker circle of skin around your nipple to change at certain times. Pale nipples are usually not a sign of a serious problem.
Your breasts can communicate a lot about what's going on inside your body. Use these signs to learn what your breasts are telling you — and see your medical care provider if you suspect something is up. A quick note for hypochondriacs who are concerned about breast cancer: Generally speaking, symmetry is good and change that exceeds that of your normal cycle could be cause for concern.