Nadia Cavner, a resident of Springfield, Missouri, currently leads the Nadia Cavner Group, a financial services company. In an effort to give back to her community, she has supported local soup kitchens and foundations that advocate for breast cancer awareness and research.
As with most cancers, early detection is a crucial element of successful breast cancer treatment. Women of all ages should regularly check their breasts for changes that may indicate an illness, such as a lump or mass within the breast or under the arm. There are a variety of physical changes beyond lumps and knots that should be brought to the attention of a physician as well.
Any discoloration of the skin, including redness or darkening, may signal a health concern. Sensations of swelling or unusual warmth can be further evidence of a medical issue. The skin around the breasts is not the only area that should be carefully monitored. Any type of rash or pain in the nipples can serve as a warning sign for breast cancer, particularly if the pain does not subside after a few days. Any combination of these symptoms should be brought to the attention of a physician.