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    What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

    The signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:

    • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle
    • A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea
    • A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast
    • A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple
    • A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed)
    • Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple
    • An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast
    • A marble-like hardened area under the skin

    These changes may be found during a breast self-exam.

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    Medical organizations don't agree on the recommendation for breast self-exams, which is an option for women starting in their 20s. Doctors should discuss the benefits and limitations of breast self-exams with their patients.

     

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on June 28, 2015
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