Which breast exam findings suggest breast cancer?

Updated: Feb 04, 2021
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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To detect subtle changes in breast contour and skin tethering, the examination must include an assessment of the breasts with the patient upright with arms raised. The following findings should raise concern:

  • Lump or contour change

  • Skin tethering

  • Nipple inversion

  • Dilated veins

  • Ulceration

  • Edema or peau d’orange

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