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Signs & Symptoms

It's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. If you experience any of the following, contact your physicians for an evaluation:

  • New breast lump/mass
  • Skin thickening
  • Skin dimpling
  • Nipple discharge, particularly a clear or bloody discharge that is spontaneous in nature; typically women notice this type of discharge on their bra, nightgown, or bed linen
  • Nipple inversion
  • Any persistent skin change involving the breast or nipple that worsens or does not improve, including redness or pitting of the skin giving the breast the appearance of an orange peel, an open sore or scaling of the skin
  • Change in size of one breast, including a decrease or "shrinking," as well as an increase or "swollen" breast
  • A breast that is warm or hot to the touch
Last UpdateFebruary 8, 2011