In the early stages, breast cancer does not usually cause noticeable symptoms and the cancer may be revealed by a mammogram. Noticeable symptoms develop as the cancer progresses through stages.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:
1. Lump in the breast/armpit : This is often the first sign of breast cancer. Lumps mostly develop in the breast’s upper outer quarter, making the breast look asymmetric.
2. Swelling of breast: Pain in the breast or nipple could be an early sign of breast cancer. Note, however, that in early stages, breast cancers are usually painless. Pain in the breast may signify inflammatory breast cancer. Other signs of inflammatory breast cancer include sudden swelling and itching of the breast.
3. Nipple discharge: Fluid, other than milk, coming from the nipple. The fluid may be clear, bloody, or pus-like (yellow or green).
4. Retracted nipple (nipple turning inward) or scaly nipple
5. Skin change:The nipple/breast skin becomes reddish, scaly, or thick.
6. Weight loss
7. Pegat's disease of the breast: It is marked by excessive itching, tingling, burning, and pain near the lump.
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