Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

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

Breast cancer symptoms 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

Remember:

Many women worry that pain in their breast is a tumor symptom. If you are experiencing unusual breast tenderness, sharp pain in your breast, a burning sensation, painful lumps, or any other symptom of breast cancer, this does not mean you definitely have breast cancer. Diagnosing breast cancer is a process, and symptoms of a breast tumor may vary. 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. But remember: not all breast cancer shows itself as a lump or through breast pain. In fact, most breast cancer is found in women who did not have symptoms.

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


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