What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
Breast cancer has different symptoms for different people. Most do not notice any symptoms at all.
The most common symptom is a lump in the breast or armpit. Others include skin changes, pain, inverted nipples, and unusual nipple discharge.
Early signs of breast cancer
Common symptoms of breast cancer include:
A lump in the breast or armpit that does not go away. This is often the first symptom of breast cancer. A lump can be seen on a mammogram before your doctor can see or feel it.
Swelling near the armpit or collarbone. This means that the breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in that area. Tell your doctor if you notice a lump before it starts to swell.
Pain and tenderness, but the lump is usually not painful. Some may cause a stinging sensation.
A flat or sunken area on the breast. This can be caused by a tumor that you cannot see or feel.
Breast changes, such as differences in breast size, shape, texture, and temperature.
Changes in the nipple, such as:
Abnormal nipple discharge. It can be clear, bloody, or any other color.
The marble-like area under your skin is different from the rest of your breast.
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Symptoms of breast cancer
Types and symptoms of breast cancer
There are several types of breast cancer. Many of them share symptoms.
Symptoms of vascular cancer
This is the most common type of breast cancer. It starts with your channel. About 1 in 5 new breast cancers is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). This means that there is cancer in the cells lining your ducts, but it has not spread to nearby tissues.
You may not notice the symptoms of ductal cancer. It can also cause breast lumps or bloody discharge.
Symptoms of lobular tumors
This type begins with the glands that produce milk, called lobules. It is the second most common type of breast cancer. The symptoms are:
Fullness, thickening, swelling in one part
Flat or inverted breasts (inverted)