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As most of us know, breast cancer, if detected in time, can help us to arrest the spread and help control the disease.

Paying attention to warning signs of breast cancer can actually help in detecting the deadly condition and consequently help in saving lives.

Being one of the most common and wide spread cancers in the world, it is important for women to be aware of the warning signs of breast cancer that will help in early detection, which are as follows:cough

A lump or a thickening of any area of the breast or underarm: There are several physically palpable changes that women may experience through their menstrual cycle.

However if there is an unusual lump or growth that a woman can feel regardless of the time of month, this could be a warning sign of breast cancer.

Any change in the feel of breast: If one finds that there is a change in the shape of feel of the breast, which is either palpable or visible, then this may well be a sign of breast cancer. Any change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast should not be ignored.

Pain: Sometimes pain maybe the indicator that something is wrong, even if other signs of breast cancer do not manifest themselves. Any unusual and persistent or long lasting pain in the breast or armpit area should be looked at more closely.

Nipple Discharge: Any nipple discharge such as a clear fluid or blood could be a warning sign of breast cancer, so any nipple discharge other than milk, in fact any unusual bleeding or discharge ought to be considered seriously.

Change in appearance of the breast: If the skin of the breast area appears rough and scaly, if there is puckering or dimpling of the skin, if there is some redness or irritation, or if there is a pulling in of the nipple, these could be early symptoms of breast cancer which should be examined.

Changes in Bowel Movements: Constipation, diarrhea or other changes in bowel habits could be an early sign of breast cancer.

Other signs: If there is a sore that won’t heal right away, or if a woman experiences some difficulty swallowing, if she feels full without eating or without eating a normal meal, a nagging cough, or any changes in the shape and size of any moles or warts on the body, any of these could actually be one of the warning signs of breast cancer.