Reduce Your Risk – Get to Know Your Breasts

While breast self-exams are no longer officially a recommendation from the American Cancer Society, it’s important to know your breasts.

  • How do they normally feel?
  • How are they normally shaped?
  • If you feel pain, does it come and go each month around the same time as your menstrual cycle? Or is it constant and always in the same place?

It’s important to know your body – all parts of your body, including your breasts. If you know your own body, you will know when something doesn’t seem right.

If you develop any of the following symptoms of breast cancer, report it to your doctor as soon as possible:

  • Breast Lump
  • Skin dimpling or skin looking like an orange peel
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Nipple/areola skin that is red, dry, flaking or thickened
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk (bloody or clear like water)
  • Swollen lymph nodes (under the arm or around the collar bone – these can sometimes be felt even before the original tumor in the breast)
  • Swelling of the breast (even if no pain)
  • Breast or nipple pain which persists in one pinpoint spot and never goes away, especially if associated with a breast lump

Is it time for your annual breast cancer screening? Schedule your mammogram at one of our UofL Health breast care centers. Call 502-681-1405 or visit to learn more.

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Article by: Ian Morley, M.D.

Ian Morley, M.D., is a breast radiologist and associate director of breast imaging at UofL Health. He sees patients at UofL Health – Brown Cancer Center, Medical Center East and Medical Center Northeast. He specializes in the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer through mammography and breast MRI, ultrasound and biopsy. He attended the University of Louisville for medical school and completed an internship in Chicago at Resurrection Medical Center. He completed residency at Loyola University Medical Center in diagnostic radiology and fellowship at Indiana University in breast imaging.

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