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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the leading cause of deaths due to cancer in Jamaican women.

What Are The Warning Signs Of Breast Cancer? 

  • A painless lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists throughout the menstrual cycle 
  • A change in the size, shape or contour of the breast 
  • A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple 
  • A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly or inflamed) 
  • Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple 
  • An area which is distinctly different from any other area on either breast 
  • A marble-like hardened area under the skin.

These changes may be found when performing monthly breast self-exams. By performing breast self-exams, you can become familiar with the normal monthly changes in your breasts.

Breast self-examination should be performed at the same time each month, three to five days after your menstrual period ends. If you have stopped menstruating, perform the exam on the same day of each month.

If you think you have found a lump, chances are it may not be malignant, but you will not know if you do not visit your doctor to have it checked. If you require surgery, it is not the end of the world. Women who have had breast surgery can, and do, lead normal productive lives.

You should also consider having regular mammograms (breast x-rays). They are quick, easy and safe.