Health Watch -- Healthy New Habits: Breast Examination

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about healthy new habits you might want to consider developing this year. Women know that monthly breast examinations can be important in detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. But you should expand your exams to look for more than just lumps.

Not all breast cancers present with lumps. Inflammatory breast cancer involves sheets of cancer cells that spread through the breast. Dr. Debu Tripathy, who heads the Komen and UT Southwestern Medical Center Breast Cancer Research Program, says symptoms to look for are redness, swelling, warmth or pain — symptoms that are often mistaken for infection. Other symptoms to look for include a retraction or flattening of the nipple, nipple discharge or skin dimpling. These are things you should be checking for in your monthly exams. See your doctor right away if you notice these symptoms.


January 2007

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