Breast Cancer - Symptoms

The primary method of discovering the symptoms of breast cancer is self-examination. Doctors recommend that women learn how to properly examine their breasts and to do so on a regular basis. The purpose is to look for any changes in the breasts. One warning sign of breast cancer may be a lump in the breast or armpit area. The presence of a lump suggests that medical advice should be sought. A lump does not necessarily indicate breast cancer. In many cases, lumps are benign (not cancerous) and can be removed without any lasting harm to the patient.

Other symptoms that may be detected during a self-examination include:

  • Thickening in the breast or armpit
  • Change in the size, shape, or color of a nipple
  • Dimples or redness of the skin on the breast
  • Change in size or shape of the breast

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