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what are some early signs and symptoms of breast cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Lump in breast: A lump in the breast is the usual early sign/symptom. In uncommon cases, a rash on and near the nipple, retraction of the nipple, redness and swelling of the breast, mass in the armpit may be the first manifestation. Rarely distant spread of the tumor, especially to the bone may be the first sign.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Screening: The earliest signs of breast cancer are found on screening mammograms, where we may detect a cancer before it becomes palpable. Careful physical examination may find cancers, either by self-exam or physician-exam. Symptoms include a new lump, nipple discharge, breast pain, skin changes, and/or nipple inversion.
Answered on Oct 8, 2013
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Dr. Paul Slawek
53 years experience Radiology
None to lump: Most breast cancers are picked up on routine mammography in asymptomatic women. Others have lumps, pain, discharge, skin rash at nipple, axillary lumps (lymph nodes). Strong family hx important.
Answered on Apr 30, 2016
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