Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

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In most women the first symptom noticed is a breast lump. Other signs and symptoms are:
  • A lump or thickening inside the breast tissue, which does not go away with a menstrual period. A hard, irregular shaped lump which is not painful may be found by the woman herself
  • Discharge from the nipple, particularly if blood stained or profuse watery.
  • Change in shape or size of part or whole of the breast.
  • Change in appearance of skin in a part of the breast or dimpling or puckering (an orange peel appearance). The skin may be red, thickened or scaly over the breast and nipple
  • Rash on the nipples or surrounding areas.
  • Inversion or turning in of the nipple.
  • Swelling on the upper arm
  • Swelling in the armpit
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple discharge
  • A single or multiple lumps in the underarm

Late signs and symptoms: occur as the cancer grows or spreads.
  • Bone pain
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Cough or shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Double vision