Signs and Symptoms of Cancer


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** Signs and Symptoms of Cancer **

** What are signs and symptoms? **

Signs and symptoms are both signals of injury, illness, disease, or that
something is not right in the body.

A /sign/ is a signal that can be seen by someone else—maybe a loved one,
or a doctor, nurse, or other health care professional. For example, fever,
fast breathing, and abnormal lung sounds heard through a stethoscope may be
signs of pneumonia.

A /symptom/ is a signal that is felt or noticed by the person who has it,
but may not be easily seen by anyone else. For example, weakness, aching,
and feeling short of breath may be symptoms of pneumonia


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** How to Know if You Have Breast Cancer **

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Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in
the United States, affecting one in eight women.^[1] Though the risk is
much lower for men, they’re also susceptible. A history of breast cancer
in your family makes it especially important to be proactive. Awareness,
early detection and swift treatment increase survival rates. Here’s how
to check yourself for signs of breast cancer, as well as what to expect
when you seek treatment.

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-Part One: Recognizing Symptoms at Home-

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*Perform a self-exam*. A self-exam is free and painless, and it only takes
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· Do a self-exam once a month. Aim for the week after your period.
· Check yourself in the shower. Raise your right arm straight up, bending
your elbow so that your right hand is behind your head. Start in the outer
quadrant of the breast and glide the pads of fingers over the skin in
small, circular motions. Note any lumpy, hardened or tender spots. The
typical description of a lump caused by cancer is of an irregular, hard,
painless mass that does not move. Repeat the process on your left breast.
· Don’t skip your armpits! Breast tissue actually extends up into the
armpit, so


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