Breast Cancer Symptoms

Breast cancer is one of the biggest killer of women today. The increase of mammogram screening has revealed more breast cancers than ever before. Still, mammograms are not 100% perfect and can miss some breast cancers. Sometimes unfortunately, many women only learn they have cancer when noticeable symptoms appear. The most common symptoms include:

  • A new painless hard and irregular breast lump or mass may appear 
  • A new painful, tender soft and round breast lump or mass may appear 
  • Generalized swelling  for part or all of the breast, with or without a lump
  • Painful or painless swelling in an underarm lymph nodes without any breast lump/mass
  • Skin indentions or dimpling
  • New breast skin irritation or inflammation
  • Breast skin redness, thickening, or scaliness
  • Breast nipple retraction or change in shape
  • Breast nipple thickening or change in color and/or shape
  • Non-milk nipple discharge that could be pus-like but particularly blood
  • Generalized breast pain or nipple pain
  • Breast tenderness or soreness
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
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