Every person should know the breast cancer symptoms and for any distressing symptom or external signs; you should seek immediate medical assistance. A majority of individuals with breast cancer will initially discover only a few signs and symptoms which might also be due to any other related diseases or body condition. However further body examination will define whether the indication is due to breast cancer or not. (1)

Typical Symptoms Of Breast Cancer

Change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the nipple or breast: an orange peel’s texture which describes a change in skin texture and increment in the size of pores in the skin of the breast. The tenderness of the nipples or thickening (lump) in or nearby the breast and underarm area that persists through the menstrual cycle may also be one of breast cancer symptoms and should be investigated by an expert because all lumps and swellings may not be cancerous.(2)

Change in shape, size or contour of the breast: unexplained change in size and shape of the breast may be as a result of breast cancer. However, recent unexplained asymmetry of the breast (one breast that is slightly larger than the other) which at times may be common for women, but if it is recent, they should get checked. A slightly turned inward or inverted nipples and dimpling in any part of the breast may be one of the symptoms breast cancer.

Clear or blood-stained discharge from the nipple: if a woman is not breastfeeding and this happens, they should have themselves checked by a doctor. Nevertheless, there are some conditions where this may happen without breast cancer. (3)

Other Signs And Symptoms Of Breast Cancer

Redness of the skin on the breast, areola or nipple: scaly, red, swollen nipples or nipples which may be having ridges or orange peel skin may be one of the breast cancer symptoms. An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast. Unusual shrinkage or swelling of the breast and nipples could be as a result of breast cancer.

Rash or crusting: any rash or crusting of the nipple or the area surrounding the nipples may be as a result of the spread of the cancer cells.

Painless lump: painless lump, hard, and has even edges is more likely to be associated with breast cancer.  However, at times the cancerous cells may be soft, tender and rounded.

Other signs and symptoms which may appear include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the bones
  • Double vision
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea
  • Unexplained weight and appetite loss
  • A headache and shortness of breath
  • Muscle weakness


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