Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Monthly self-breast examinations are critical in noticing lumps or changes in the breasts. The patients themselves find approximately 80% of all breast lumps. Breast self-examinations, along with mammograms, are the most important ways that a patient can help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages. There is really no such thing as "no risk factors" because, 2/3 of all breast cancers are diagnosed in women who have "no risk factors".

Certain things to look for during a breast exam:

  • Any breast lump, particularly if it does not disappear with menses, should be checked.

  • A thickening, fullness, or prominent area in one breast, not felt in the other, should be checked.

  • Any lump felt by a postmenopausal woman should be assessed promptly. Do not wait for a month or two.

  • A rash, or dry, scaly, itchy area in one breast, especially near the nipple, should be checked.

  • Nipple discharge, if it occurs spontaneously, is bloody, or unilateral should be checked.

  • Any dimpling of the breast skin or nipple changes (inverted or retracted) should be assessed immediately.

  • Any lump felt under the axilla, especially if it is only on one side, should be checked.

  • Any man who notices a lump in his breast or chest area should be evaluated (1% of breast cancers occur in men).

If you have any questions regarding breast disease please call the Advanced Surgical Associates at (919) 851-9193. We'll gladly answer all your questions and steer you in the right direction.



530 New Waverly Place, Suite 304
Cary, NC  27511
Phone: (919) 851-9193
Fax: (919) 851-9223