A lump that feels harder or different from the other side may be a sign that you have an abnormal condition in your breasts. The hard lump sometimes feels like gravel, grapes or peas. Basically, it can lead to breast cancer or conditions such as cysts or fibroadenomas. To get a clear picture, you have to do an ultrasound or mammography. It is recommended for those of you who are entering premenopause (age 35 years) to do routine checks. Your new breast swelling is like a pimple around the areola (which is a black circle around the nipple). This may be an abnormal lump. You can consult a doctor if you find complaints such as the following:
- You find a new lump or change that feels different from the rest of your breast.
- You experience breast shrinkage, especially in the sunken nipples.
- Feeling swelling and pain outside of PMS symptoms that lasts long.
- Recent asymmetry of the breast. Although it is common for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if it changes from normal, it should be checked.
2. Changes in the nipple
Nipple changes cannot be said to be all signs of breast cancer. Normal changes can occur due to a response, you are breastfeeding, or sometimes a medical condition (although in some cases only a few have this). Basically, the shape and nipple areola (dark circle around the nipple) from one woman to another woman has a difference. However, if a recent change in the shape of the nipple and areola is retracting and will not return to its regular position if stimulated, this may be a sign of trouble. Skin on the breast, areola, or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen. Small bumps on your areola can be due to Montgomery’s glands. You may have to have a ductogram or fine needle biopsy done to be able to find out the true nature of the nipple lump. Sometimes the lump under the nipple or areola isola ductal carcinoma in situ, a very treatable form of early-stage breast cancer. . Meanwhile, if your nipples are releasing milk while you are not breastfeeding or you are bleeding from your nipples. Also watch out for changes in the skin of the breast, namely the presence of thickened skin, orange-like skin, inflamed appearance, warmth than normal skin temperature until nipple changes. You may have a common rash or breast infection, but you are advised to get checked by a doctor to make sure it is not inflammatory breast cancer.