Often there are no outward signs of breast cancer that you can see or feel, but
there are some common symptoms that you should be aware of as you monitor your breast
These can include:
- A lump or thickening in or near the breast, or in the underarm, which persists throughout
the menstrual cycle.
- A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea.
- A change in the size, shape or contour of the breast.
- A bloodstained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.
- A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled,
puckered, scaly or inflamed).
- Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.
- An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
- A marble-like, hardened area under the skin.
Outward signs may not tell the entire story
Even if you have one or more of these signs, it still doesn't mean you have breast
cancer. Remember that most breast lumps turn out to be benign. Still, it's extremely
important that you see your doctor right away if you're concerned.