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What are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

Early breast cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms. But as the tumor grows, it can change how the breast looks or feels. The common changes include:

  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
  • A change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast
  • A nipple turned inward into the breast
  • Discharge (fluid) from the nipple, especially if it’s bloody
  • Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast, nipple or the dark area of skin at the center of the breast. The skin may have ridges or pitting so that it looks like the skin of an orange.

Most often, these symptoms are not due to breast cancer, however, it could be an indication of another health problem. If you have any of these symptoms, you should tell your healthcare provider so that the symptoms can be examined and treated, if necessary.

Date Updated: 20-AUG-2015

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