Symptoms of Breast Cancer


General information about symptoms of Breast Cancer: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Breast Cancer. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Breast Cancer. Furthermore, symptoms of Breast Cancer may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Breast Cancer.

List of symptoms of Breast Cancer: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Breast Cancer includes:

Symptoms of Breast Cancer: Early breast cancer usually does not cause pain. In fact, when breast cancer first develops, there may be no symptoms at all. But as the cancer grows, it can cause changes that women should watch for:

  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area;

  • A change in the size or shape of the breast;

  • Nipple discharge or tenderness, or the nipple pulled back (inverted) into the breast;

  • Ridges or pitting of the breast (the skin looks like the skin of an orange); or

  • A change in the way the skin of the breast, areola, or nipple looks or feels (for example, warm, swollen, red, or scaly).

A woman should see her doctor about any symptoms like these. Most often, they are not cancer, but it's important to check with the doctor so that any problems can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.1

More symptoms of Breast Cancer: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Breast Cancer, underlying causes of Breast Cancer, associated conditions for Breast Cancer, risk factors for Breast Cancer, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:

1. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Breast Cancer: NCI

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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