What are some symptoms of breast cancer?
Knowing the symptoms of breast cancer is the first step in preventing breast cancer. Performing self examinations and seeing a health care professional for mammograms and other screenings is the next step.
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or tissue mass in your breast. It is normally painless and hard to the touch.
But, before the breast tumor itself is large enough to be felt, sometimes the cancer spreads into the lymph nodes. A lump or swelling in the lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone can also be a sign of breast cancer.
It is important to have any new breast mass, lump, or breast change checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.
Some other possible symptoms of breast cancer may be:
- Nipple discharge – liquid, other than breast milk, that comes out of the breast without squeezing
- Warm, red, swollen breasts with or without a rash with dimpling resembling the skin of an orange, called “peau d’orange”
- Texture of breast skin or nipple turning scaly
- Skin thickening on or around nipples
- Nipples turning inward or a sore in the nipple area
- Breast pain or skin irritation that does not go away
- Swelling of parts or all of the breast
While knowing the symptoms is a start, breast cancer sometimes does not show any symptoms because a lump may be too small for you to feel or notice on your own so it’s important to schedule regular mammograms and other screening tests to detect breast cancer in its early stages.
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Source: The American Cancer Society