Breast Cancer: Symptoms


The early stages of breast cancer do not usually exhibit symptoms. This is why regular breast exams are important. As the cancer grows, symptoms may include:

  • Breast lump or lump in the armpit, that is hard, has uneven edges and usually does not hurt.
  • Change in the size, shape, or feel of the breast or nipple. For example, you may have redness, dimpling or puckering that looks like the skin of an orange.
  • Fluid coming from the nipple. May be bloody, clear-to-yellow, or green, and look like pus.
  • Men get breast cancer, too. Symptoms include breast lump and breast pain and tenderness.

Symptoms of advanced breast cancer may include:

  • Bone pain
  • Breast pain or discomfort
  • Skin ulcers
  • Swelling of one arm (next to breast with cancer)
  • Weight loss