Do You Need a Breast Health Screening? These Signs Say 'Yes'
Updated: Mar 16
Many people seeking womens health care work with a gynecologist to address issues related to fertility. In fact, 6.7 million women ages 15 to 44 have impaired fecundity (impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term). However, gynecologists and OBGYN specialists also work in other aspects of womens health, like breast health screening services. Some women don't quite know when they're in need of these services, but being aware of some signs is the best way to know when it's time to make an appointment. Here are just a few signs that indicate that you may be in need of breast health screening services.
Change in Breast Size
It's not uncommon for your breasts to be slightly different sizes, but if you notice that one is swelling relatively quickly and is much larger than the other, this is a definite cause for concern. If you notice this sign, it's important to see a professional for breast health screening services as soon as possible.
You may feel a lump in your breast for a variety of reasons, but most of them aren't serious. However, if you notice a new lump or can feel any lump growing bigger, take action immediately and get a breast health exam, regardless of your age.
Change in Texture
Inflammation is a common side effect of breast cancer, which is why many women experience changes to the skin's texture. These changes may be different for each patient.
"Breast cancer can cause changes and inflammation in skin cells that can lead to texture changes. Examples of these texture changes include scaly skin around the nipple and areola, as though the skin is sunburned or extremely dry, or skin thickening in any part of the breast. These changes may also cause itching, which people often associate with breast cancer, although it is not common," writes Michelle Azu on Medical News Today.
The fact is, it's always important to understand your body and keep a close watch for these signs that can be indicators of underlying breast health issues. For more information about weight loss and wellness services, contact WomanCare PC.