What are The Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

What are The Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

symptoms of Breast Cancer
By UPHI Hospital, March, 25 2019

Breast cancer in its early stage may not have any symptoms, however, when the tumor grows, you may notice the following signs:

Lump in your breast or underarm

Generally, the first symptom of breast cancer is a lump in your breast or underarm that doesn’t go away after your period. Lumps related to breast cancer are usually painless, although some may cause a prickly feeling. Lumps are generally observable on a mammogram much earlier than you can see or feel them.

Tenderness in your breast

Though lumps are generally painless, tenderness and pain may occur due to breast cancer.

Change in the Size of your Breast

There can be any change in the size or shape of your breast like one breast may become larger or lower than the other.

Changes in the texture of your skin

Any change in skin texture like puckering or dimpling of the skin of the breast might be a sign of breast cancer.

Change in color

The breast might be red or inflamed.

Change in nipples

If either of your nipples looks different like one of them can:

  • Get dimpled
  • Pull inward
  • Itch
  • Burn
  • Develop sores

Change in temperature of your breast

There may be unusual heat in one of your breasts.

Rash or crusting

Rash or crusting of the nipple or surrounding area may occur due to breast cancer.

Swelling in your armpit, collarbone, or breast

Swelling in your armpit or collarbone could indicate the spread of cancer to lymph nodes in that area. Usually, swelling occurs prior to you notice any lump. Swelling in the breast can be due to an aggressive type of cancer known as inflammatory breast cancer.

A flat or depressed area on your breast

This can be a tumor that you can’t notice.

Nipple discharge

You may notice an unusual discharge from the nipple. The discharge could be clear, bloody, or another color.


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