Breast Cancer Symptoms That Aren’t Lumps

January 11, 2020

We all know that an unusual lump can be a danger sign when it comes to breast cancer, but did you know that there are other breast cancer symptoms you may be less familiar with, like changes in the skin or nipples? Knowing what to look for can make all the difference in getting a diagnosis early, especially since about six out of every six women with breast cancer see her doctor with more symptoms than a lump. In this video, we’ll highlight the key signs and symptoms of breast cancer, not the lump.

Any sudden change in the breast can indicate something is happening, including a new development in its size or shape. Abnormal breast or nipple pain can also warrant an examination, as can a nipple that suddenly begins to turn inward.

Many women don’t realize that the skin on their breasts can also provide important health information. If the skin is red, scaly, thick, pitted, ridged or uneven, ask your doctor to take a look at your breasts. The same applies to any nipple discharge (other than breast milk) and swelling, warmth or tenderness. Swollen lymph nodes under your arms should also be checked.

Of course, these symptoms aren’t always a sign of breast cancer. In fact, they may simply be related to where you are in your menstrual cycle. However, any change in your breasts is worth asking a specialist about. If you notice anything unusual – whether it has to do with breast size, nipple appearance, texture or sensitivity – talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

The good news? Many cases of breast cancer are invisible or invisible to the eye, but when they are detected early they are highly treatable.