What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?

Updated: Dec 27, 2019
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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If the patient has not noticed a lump, then signs and symptoms indicating the possible presence of breast cancer may include the following:

  • Change in breast size or shape

  • Skin dimpling or skin changes (eg, thickening, swelling, or redness)

  • Recent nipple inversion or skin change or other nipple abnormalities (eg, ulceration, retraction, or spontaneous bloody discharge)

  • Nipple discharge, particularly if bloodstained

  • Axillary lump


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