(This is the second installment of a three-part series on breast cancer.)
The most common breast cancer symptom is a lump. Other symptoms include swelling, skin irritation, nipple pain or retraction and an unusual discharge.
Early diagnosis saves lives. The combination of a mammogram, a clinical breast exam and self-exams is recommended by healthcare experts to reduce breast-cancer deaths.
A mammogram is a breast x-ray. If mammography finds an abnormality, confirmation by biopsy is required. In a biopsy, a tissue sample is taken for analysis.