When it comes to breast health, all too often we focus on the negative. We ask questions like “what does breast cancer look like?” instead of figuring out what breast health means. It is important to prevent breast cancer, but this is not exactly a list of warning signs for you to worry over. Here are five indicators of good breast health.
1. Consistent lumpiness
When thinking of signs of cancers in women, many people list lumps in the breast as one of the top contenders. This can be confusing. While it is true that if a new lump suddenly forms, you should get it checked out by a doctor, most breast lumps are perfectly natural. If all you feel are the same bumps in both breasts over a long period of time, you have nothing to worry about.
2. Clear skin
When it comes to breast health and your body in general, clear skin is healthy skin. The skin on your breasts should naturally be more or less flat and smooth. Again, consistency is key. Bumps and birthmarks that are always present are not a problem. A sudden change in the skin on your breasts should be reported to a doctor. This is not a common sign of breast cancer, but may be a different medical issue. Skin changes as a sign of cancers in women are relatively rare. Even so, clear skin is the best indicator of good breast health.
3. Even temperature
When your body is healthy, circulation causes the temperature to be consistent everywhere, including the breasts. Breasts should be warm like the rest of the torso. Reporting any unnatural warmth to your doctor can help prevent breast cancer. Heat could be a sign of an infection or another condition. In general, the temperature of your breasts should feel natural and aligned with your whole body temp.
4. No discharge
The only thing that should ever come out of your nipples is milk. If you are not breastfeeding, there should be no discharge from your nipples. Discharge if you are not pregnant or breastfeeding could be a sign of a variety of things, from a medication side effect to cancer. Report your findings to your doctor if you notice anything unusual.
Your breasts should not hurt on a day-to-day basis. As always, there are exceptions to every rule. Many women experience soreness in the breast before or during their period. If this is normal for you, it’s nothing to worry about.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to breast health is consistency. Every person’s breasts are a little bit different, so it’s important to know what is normal for you. Once you establish that baseline, it is much easier to maintain good breast health and prevent breast cancer. Always report any sudden changes to your doctor as soon as possible. Even if it ends up being nothing serious, it is better to get checked out than let a sickness fester.
Concerned about breast health?
If you have noticed something unusual with your breasts and aren’t sure what to do, Bass Medical Group is here to help. Their state-of-the-art imaging center provides 2D and 3D mammograms as well as breast MRIs and breast ultrasounds. Bass Medical’s doctors specialize in everything from breast surgery to radiation oncology to surgical oncology. Bass Medical Group can help you prevent breast cancer and live a healthier life. Call (925) 350-4044 today to schedule an appointment.