HealthMother's life-saving warning: timely mammograms can detect cancer despite no symptoms

Mother's life-saving warning: timely mammograms can detect cancer despite no symptoms

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
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9:52 AM EST, January 12, 2024

In retrospect, Kami Lester of Halewood in Northwestern England acknowledges her immense fortune. Having detected the cancer at an early stage, she remains alive today. She shudders to contemplate the consequences had she not undergone a mammogram in November 2021.

The 52-year-old recalls taking the test as a preventive measure. She hadn't experienced any prior discomfort; she felt great and was in excellent health.

After the examination, doctors invited her for a follow-up visit to the hospital--a signal that something might be amiss. The examination revealed three tumors in her right breast.

"I returned to the hospital on New Year's Day when my diagnosis of ER+ breast cancer was confirmed," Kami reveals in an interview with

Kami remembers feeling as though she had been caught in a "tornado" regarding her diagnosis and treatment. Everything seemed to happen at breakneck speed. Fortunately, she could rely on the unwavering support of her children and husband. "They worked hard to grasp what was happening," she recounted.

In February, she underwent surgery to remove the tumor, followed by radiotherapy. For the next five years, she will undergo therapy designed to treat hormone-dependent breast tumors.

"I'm focused now on restoring my physical health. I've begun doing yoga and swimming," Kami confides.

"I stand as proof of the importance of routine mammography. My message to all women is: Do not delay your screenings. It could save your life," the 52-year-old advises.

Symptoms of Breast Cancer: What to Look For

The most common breast cancer symptom is a lump. Occasionally, patients may also notice changes in the shape of the breast or nipple enlargement.

Other symptoms of breast cancer include:

* A new lump or layer of dense tissue in the breast that wasn't there before,

* Changes in the size or shape of one or both breasts,

* Nipple inversion,

* Blood-stained nipple discharge,

* Lump or swelling beneath the armpit,

* Rash on or around the nipple,

* Changes in the nipple's appearance, such as its inversion compared to the rest of the breast,

* Skin irritation around the nipple and areola,

* Seemingly harmless skin thickening or itching.

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