Breast cancer afflicts over 200,000 women every year, and far too many fail to survive this insidious disease. Early detection by doctors readingmammograms and ultrasounds correctly is crucial, allowing for effective breast-saving measures and substantially increased survival rates.
Sadly, detection is sometimes delayed due to malpractice, allowing the cancer to metastasize or spread to the lymph nodes with devastating consequences. If you or your loved one has suffered from such terrible misfortune, contact Breast Cancer Malpractice Lawyer NJ Patrick Amoresano for a free and confidential consultation.
Breast Cancer Malpractice Lawyer NJ: Signs and Symptoms
While mammograms offer the means for earliest detection, over eighty (80%) percent of all breast cancer is detected when a woman feels a firm lump within otherwise soft breast tissue. Lumps under the armpits ( in the lymph nodes ) are also an indicator.
Other signs include –
- when one breast becomes lower or larger, or a nipple changes shape or position;
- skin dimpling or puckering;
- rash near the nipple;
- unexpected discharge from one or both nipples;
- constant pain in the armpit or part of a breast;
- swelling around the collarbone or underneath the armpit.
Paget’s disease of the breast is a syndrome that starts with skin changes which look a lot like eczema – discoloration, redness and/or flaking of the skin on the nipple. As Paget’s disease of the breast advances, symptoms may include tingling, itching, increased sensitivity, burning, and pain. There may also be discharge from the nipple. Approximately half of women diagnosed with Paget’s disease of the breast also have a lump in the breast.
Most signs of breast cancer, including lumps, are false indicators. In fact, less than twenty (20%) percent of all lumps are cancerous. More commonly the lumps turn out to be more benign breast disorders such as mastitis and fibroadenoma.