If you are a woman that does not not examine her breast, this may just be the right time to begin checking. 

Breast cancer indices given by the Chief Medical Director, Living Standard Hospital in Benin, Dr Jide Owolana, is one that triggers concerns.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria that about 50% of Nigerian women are living with unknown breast cancer.

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A few symptoms of breast were also listed. 

"Swelling of all or parts of a breast, skin irritation or dimpling, breast or nipple pain, nipple retraction (turning inward), redness, scarliness and thickening of the nipple."

Others are thickening of breast skin and nipple discharge (other than breast milk) also as the symptoms of cancer.

“The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump or mass in the breast which will be painless and has irregular edges at the early stage," he said.

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The chief medical director further advised women to always go for monthly check-ups to ensure that early stages of breast cancer could be revealed and cured immediately.

According to him, the first stage of breast cancer was highly treatable.

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However, he said it required immediate treatment, typically surgery and often radiation, or a combination of both.

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