Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer


Having any of these symptoms does not mean you have breast cancer. Talk to your doctor.”

Symptoms of breast cancer may include:

  • Breast lumps
  • Swelling under your arm
  • Pain in your breast or nipple
  • New dimples in the skin on your breast
  • The skin on your breast becoming swollen, red, or hot
  • Sudden changes in your breast size
  • Changes in shape in only one of your breasts
  • Having your nipple newly turn inward (invert)
  • Non-milky liquid coming from your nipple

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A note about breast lumps and pain:

Not all breast cancer shows itself as a breast lump or through breast pain. In fact, most breast cancer is found in women who did not have symptoms. Still, many women worry that lumps or pain in their breast are definite signs of breast cancer. If you are experiencing unusual breast tenderness, sharp pain in your breast, a burning sensation, painful lumps, or any other symptom, this does not mean you definitely have breast cancer. Diagnosing breast cancer is a process, and the symptoms of a breast tumor can vary from person to person. If you are worried that your pain is a sign of breast cancer, or if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, talk to your doctor about appropriate next steps

Written by: Dr. Deborah Axelrod, NYU Langone. Last Updated: September 3, 2017 by Melissa Sakow.

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