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    And remember – theres not always a lump. A breast lump is the first symptom in 9 out of 10 breast cancers.

    Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and aggressive type that accounts for 1 or 2 in every 100 cases of breast cancer.
    Symptoms of IBC may include redness, swelling, and warmth in the breast, often without a distinct lump in the breast. The redness and warmth are caused by cancer cells blocking the lymph vessels in the skin. The skin of the breast may also appear pink, reddish purple, or bruised. The skin may also have ridges or appear pitted, like the skin of an orange (called peau dorange), which is caused by a buildup of fluid and oedema (swelling) in the breast. Other symptoms include heaviness, burning, aching, increase in breast size, tenderness, or a nipple that is inverted (facing inward). These symptoms usually develop quicklyover a period of weeks or months. Swollen lymph nodes may also be present under the arm, above the collarbone, or in both places. However, it is important to note that these symptoms may also be signs of other conditions such as infection, injury, or other types of cancer.

    Remember too, in the UK, approximately 250 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

  1. How to prevent melanoma
    According to the National Cancer Institute, the first sign of melanoma is often a change in the shape, size, color or texture of an existing mole. Melanoma may also appear as a new mole or change in skin. Many skin care experts recommend the ABCDE …
    Read more on New York Daily News

  2. Pictures May Help Encourage Skin Cancer Self-Exams

    Random Partner Blogroll about First Signs Of Skin Cancer –
    First Signs Of Skin Cancer

    The findings could help improve early detection of skin cancer, including deadly melanoma. "Skin self-examination plays an important role in detecting melanoma early. Many cases of melanoma are first detected by patients themselves," study co-author …
    Read more on WebMD

  3. Pediatric Melanoma Difficult to Diagnose and on the Rise
    The small spots on Kadynce and John Randall were not minor skin conditions but the first physical sign that they had developed melanoma, a dangerous and rare skin cancer that is increasingly affecting children. Melanoma makes up 5 percent of skin …
    Read more on ABC News

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