A 36-year-old member asked:
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what are some early signs and symptoms of breast cancer (besides a lump)?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Abn Mammogram: Aside from a lump, there are very few signs and symptoms of early breast cancer. When the cancer has reached a considerable size, it can cause skin changes (such as dimpling, thickening), bloody/clear discharge, and/or pain. By leaps and bounds, the earliest sign of a breast cancer is an abnormality found on routine screening mammography. Mammograms save lives!
Answered on Apr 5, 2012
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Nipple rash: Lump is usually the earliest sign/symptom. Less commonly, a discharge from the nipple, an eczema like rash on the nipple and areola, redness and swelling of the skin over the breast, a lump in the axilla may be the first indication.
Answered on Dec 22, 2015
Dr. Greg Pahnke
43 years experience Surgical Oncology
Not many be viligant: Retraction of skin or nipple - dimpling, small lump - bb shot and larger, nipple discharge late changes is redness, edema, larger mass, change in contour i only wish pain was a symptom or early symptom but not that is usually fcd.
Answered on Aug 16, 2013
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