Are you worried that your elderly loved one will get breast cancer? If so, there are many signs that you can watch out for. Unfortunately, there are far too many people who pass away from breast cancer. However, being able to recognize the signs of breast cancer earlier can help to save your loved one’s life.
Does your elderly loved one have any lumps in their collar area, breasts, or underarms? Are these lumps new? It is important to know that breast tissue isn’t only existent in the breast. It also goes into the underarm area and the rib cage. The lumps from breast cancer are usually painless and hard. They may have irregular edges, as well. With this being said, some breast cancer lumps are tender and painful. If your elderly loved one tells you or their caregivers that they have new lumps in these areas, someone should schedule them a doctor’s appointment sooner rather than later.
Breast Swelling or Thickening
Does your elderly loved one have any swelling or thickening in their breast? Do they have any swelling or thickening around their armpits or collarbone? If so, this could be a sign that cancer has gone into their lymph nodes. Your elderly loved one may have never noticed a lump. However, they may notice the swelling or thickening in these areas. If this is something that is noticed, call your elderly loved one’s doctor to get them an appointment.
Dimpling in the Skin on the Breast
Your elderly loved one may also have dimpling on their breasts. This might seem like just one dimple or there may be many dimples. This could mean there is a mass in the breast that is pulling on the skin. Usually, if someone has this symptom, it signifies a rarer type of breast cancer. If this is something that your elderly loved one notices, be sure to let their doctor know right away.
Changes in the Nipple
If your elderly loved one notices changes in their nipple (one or both of them), it could be a sign that they have breast cancer. They might experience bloody discharge or an inward-turned nipple. Their nipple might also be thickened, scaly, or red. Be sure to let their doctor know if this is happening.
These are some of the breast cancer signs that your elderly loved one should watch out for. In addition, there are some people who have breast cancer who don’t experience any symptoms until the cancer progresses further. This is why your elderly loved one should get a breast exam annually. You or one of their caregivers can take them to this exam.
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