Symptoms Of Breast Cancer

Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel is an important part of your breast health. Although regular screening tests for breast cancer are important, mammograms do not detect every breast cancer. This means that it is also an important for you to know what your breasts normally looks and feel like, so you will be aware of any changes in your breasts.

The most common symptoms of breast cancer is a new lump or mass (although most breast lumps are not cancerous). A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancer can also be soft, round, tender, or painful.

What Are The Symptoms Of Breast Cancer?

Different people have different symptoms of breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all.

Some warning signs of breast cancer are—

  • New lumps in the breast or underarm (armpit).
  • Thickening or swelling a part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.

Keep in mind that these symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not cancer. Breast cancer spread even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt.

If you have any signs or symptoms that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away.

What Is a Normal Breast?

No breast is typical. What is normal for you? may not be normal for the another woman. Most women say their breasts feel lumpy or uneven. The way your breasts look and feel can be affected by getting your period, having children, losing or gaining weight, and taking certain medications. Breasts also tend to change as you age. For more information, see the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Changes and Conditions.

What Do Lumps In My Breast Mean?

Many conditions can cause lumps in the breast, including cancer. But most of the breast lumps are caused by other medical conditions. The two most common causes of breast lumps are fibrocystic breast conditions and cysts. The fibrocystic condition causes non-cancerous changes in the breast that can make them lumpy, tender and sore. Cysts are small fluid-filled sacs that can develop in the breast.

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