Breast Cancer Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of breast cancer vary from one person to the next. The most recognized symptom of breast cancer is a lump or mass discovered in the breast tissue. While many women go to their physician after feeling a lump, they should also be aware of any other changes to the nipple or breast.

Typically, early stages of breast cancer do not cause symptoms. However, as the tumor grows it can change how the breast looks or feels. If you notice any changes, it is always a good idea to be proactive and follow up with your doctor to discuss any symptom of concern. Often some symptoms are not due to cancer, and you could be experiencing another health problem or issue that causes them.

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The more common breast cancer signs and symptoms includes:

  • Change in size or shape of the breast (particularly over a short period of time).

  • Lumps or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area.

  • Change in breast color (red or swollen).

  • Dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast.

  • Discharge (fluid) from the nipple (especially if it is a bloody discharge).

  • General pain in or on any part of the breast.

  • Changes in the appearance of one or both nipples (peeling or flaking of the nipple skin).

  • A nipple turned inward into the breast.

  • Changes in touch (may feel hard, tender or warm).

  • Irritated or itchy breasts.

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