Healthwatch: Breast Cancer Awareness

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Doctors continually preach self awareness and early detection when it comes to cancer, but how many patients listen?

"You cannot change whether you get breast cancer or not," says Rush radiologist Sandra Pupa, "but you can choose whether you catch it early."

"Please, please, please, do your self exams, and if there is anything concerning then consult your doctor."

Pupa says there are several warning signs that should be checked out by a doctor.

"A hard lump that is not hurting, nipple retraction or dimpling of the skin, drainage of fluid from the nipple, or red skin, those would be the four main things you need to be worried about."

Since cancer lumps are painless, Pupa says patients sometimes delay a visit to the doctor, but that delay could result in more intensive and invasive treatment.

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