Breast Cancer Symptoms

Symptoms of breast cancer may vary from woman to woman, and warning signs can present themselves in many forms. Women should be familiar with their breasts so that they know what feels and looks normal for them. This will help women in detecting any early signs of breast cancer. Changes should be promptly reported to a health care provider. Many cancers are found by regular mammography after age 40 – before any symptoms are felt.

Warning signs of breast cancer can include:

  • Lump or mass in your breast
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit
  • Changes in breast size, shape, skin texture or color
  • Skin redness
  • Dimpling or puckering
  • Nipple changes or discharge
  • Scaliness
  • Nipple pulling to one side or a change in direction

Having any of these symptoms does not mean you have cancer but may be warning signs of breast cancer. Early detection can be critical so if you notice one or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks, see your doctor.

What are the causes of breast cancer?
Certain risk factors may increase your chances of getting breast cancer. If you have questions about whether or not you’re at risk, the doctors at Banner MD Anderson are here to help.