What do changes in your breasts mean?

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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 5:02 pm | Updated: 10:52 am, Thu Oct 10, 2013.

Lumps, bumps, and asymmetry in our breasts can send us running to the doctor in a panic. And while we should pay attention to our bodies, not all changes mean breast cancer.

Medical terminology is confusing with long words that sound threatening. but, not all breast changes are cancer. Many breast lumps may be non-cancerous or cysts, your doctor can order a mammogram and an ultrasound to help find answers.

"Breast size change is mostly related to infectious or inflammatory disease that is benign," Said Alberto Righi, M.D. of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, However he cautions a very small amount may indeed be cancerous.

Most of the time clear nipple discharge is benign and should still be checked, but if it is not clear, you may want to fast track your doctor appointment.

"Nipple discharge, early stage cancer, its usually cancer only if it is dark brown or red." Said Righi. "But, swelling and redness are most time infectious or mastitis, and rarely late stage cancer, but, that is very unusual."

"If the woman does not have nipple inversion to begin with and gets a nipple inversion during the course of her lifetime." he said, "That's usually a sign of cancer." and dimpling of the skin that resembles the texture of an orange peel can signify inflammatory breast cancer an aggressive but very rare form of the disease.

But there is hope, even for those diagnosed with late stage breast cancer as clinical trials and treatments including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy has come a long way.

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