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When something in your body doesn’t feel right or natural, especially on or close to the breast tissue, it might be unsettling. We all understand how uncomfortable it can be when you see a change in your breast, which is why we are here to help you. 

Although the terms “symptoms” and “signs” are commonly used interchangeably, they actually have different meanings. Breast lump pain or skin redness are examples of breast cancer symptoms that our patients notice and report to their doctors. By performing physical examinations or other tests, a healthcare expert can identify breast cancer signs.

The majority of breast cancer patients have no symptoms. Furthermore, not all symptoms of breast cancer are related. In addition to knowing what seems and feels normal in your body, mammograms are crucial. A mammogram is a diagnostic procedure used to search for breast cancer symptoms. 

In this article, you will learn some facts on indications of breast cancer that you or your doctor may detect.

Common Symptom of Breast Cancer Across All Types

The most typical sign of breast cancer is a lump (or lumps) in or near the breast. Lump types range from mild to firm. They might be sensitive. They might hurt or might not. When you touch them, they might move somewhat, or they might feel stuck in place. Lumps may also be benign (non-cancerous). Cancerous lumps are harder, less painful, and have irregularly shaped edges. Softer breast lumps, though, can occasionally be malignant. Irrespective of how a lump feels, if you discover any new lumps or changes in your breast, consult your doctor right away. 

Other typical breast cancer symptoms that are visible in or on the breast (local to the breast) are:

  • Swelling of part or all of the breast
  • Skin dimpling or puckering, including an orange-peel appearance
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • A nipple that turns inward
  • Red, dry, flaking, or thickened breast skin or nipple
  • Nipple discharge that is not breast milk, with or without bleeding
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Symptoms

An aggressive, quickly progressing type of invasive breast cancer is inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). IBC patients typically don’t have a lump. IBC symptoms include: 

  • Breast enlargement 
  • Alterations in the breast’s skin tone, such as redness 
  • Breast ache 
  • Thickening of the skin 
  • Feeling heavy in the breast 
  • Skin on the breasts has orange-peel-like dimples. 
  •  A warm or hot sensation in the breast 

Slow breast changes over months or years are not likely to indicate IBC.

Male Breast Cancer Symptoms

Men can experience the same typical breast cancer symptoms as women. These symptoms consists of: 

  • A lump (may be painless or painful) 
  • A lump (may be painless or painful) 
  • Part or all the breast swelling 
  • Skin puckering or dimples
  • Nipple that retracts
  • Breast or nipple skin that is red or flaky 
  • Nipple discharge 
  • Lymph nodes under the arm or near the collarbone that are swollen.


Living Beyond Cancer Initiative:  Breast Cancer Symptoms Accessed January 10th, 2023.


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