About Symptoms

Breast Cancer Screening in Alaska

What every woman should know

Breast Cancer 

Symptoms of breast cancer are often subtle changes in your breast. This is why it is important to know what your normal breasts look and feel like. Changes are more noticeable when you practice self breast exam regularly.

Symptoms may include:

1. A lump or mass that you can feel; sometimes it is painful
2. Skin changes on the breast, like dimpling, redness, or scaliness
3. Nipple discharge
4. Nipple retraction that is new

Most breast changes are not caused by cancer, but don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your provider. With screening and diagnostic procedures, your provider can determine whether you need further treatment or are good to go.

Cervical Cancer 

Cervical cancer has very few symptoms in its early stages. Later stage symptoms include discharge, or bleeding after sex and it is recommended that you visit your provider as soon as possible, should you experience unusual bleeding or discharge. Testing and screening for cervical cancer is recommended. In particular, two tests can make a big difference:

Pap Test – This test looks for cell changes within the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer. You should begin getting these tests at age 21.
HPV Test – This test looks for the presence of an HPV virus that can lead to future cell changes.