Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Symptoms of breast cancer may vary. Women should examine their breasts monthly so that they know what feels and looks normal for them. Many cancers are found by regular mammography after age 40 before any symptoms are felt. Many breast changes - including lumps - are not cancer, but if you notice one or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks, see your doctor.

  • A recent change in the size of one breast
  • A lump or mass in a breast, or skin puckering
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit
  • Changes in the nipple: bleeding or discharge, a retraction (pulled-in area) or elevation (raised area), or eczema (red, itchy, or oozing spot)
  • Dimpling, redness, edema (swelling), or sores (ulcers) on the skin of the breast
  • Changes in color or in the way the breast feels to the touch