Signs and symptoms of breast cancer
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump or nodule that can be felt in the breast or underarm. Other symptoms can include changes in the size or shape of the breast, unusual discharge from the nipple, skin dimpling, and pain in the breast or armpit.
Let’s review the symptoms in more detail:
- A lump or nodule in the breast is one of the leading signs of breast cancer. Cancer nodules are usually hard, irregular in shape, and painless.
- Changes in the breast size, either because the tumor is too big or because it blocks the drainage of the affected breast.
- Unusual nipple discharge, which can also happen in benign conditions, and doctors should rule them out first.
- Skin dimpling happens in more advanced cases when cancer is pulling and starting to damage healthy tissue.