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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the first warning signs of breast cancer?

3 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Breast lump.: The most common symptom is the presence of a lump in the breast. Other symptoms include nipple discharge, nipple inversion, skin indentation, and breast pain. Nevertheless, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have no symptoms whatsoever. The best way to diagnose breast cancer early is to have routine screening mammograms beginning at age 40.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Silence: In this country, breast cancer is most often detected by mammogram, before any symptoms. Other symptoms include a painless new lump, swollen lymph nodes in the armpit, dimpling in the skin of the breast, a newly inverted nipple, scaling or crusting of the nipple, or a sore on the breast that grown and doesn't heal.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Many or none: Proper screening with self breast exams looking for new lumps, breast exams by your physician looking for skin or nipple chanes as well as masses or lymph nodes, and mammogram and ultrasound if needed are the best ways to pick up early stage breast cancer before it causes any symptoms. Once advanced it can cause many different symptoms throughout the body.

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Are there warning signs of breast cancer?

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Dr. Kathryn Wagner
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Breast ca: Yes: lump, abnormal mammogram or ultrasound or mri, bloody or clear nipple discharge especially if lump also; pink skin or skin with an orange peel look to it, nipple retraction [stays in], skin dimpling [look at skin in mirror and raise the arms to check for this].
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What breast cancer symptoms and warning signs?

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Breast Lump, etc.: A new breast lump is the most common ca symptom and warrants physician evaluation. Less common symptoms include nipple discharge (especially clear or bloody, spontaneous, and from one nipple duct), skin dimpling/indentation, breast pain, and, rarely breast swelling and redness with or without a rash.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Are uneven breasts a sign of breast cancer?

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Dr. Ashesh Patel
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Not necessarily: Uneven breasts may be normal for you, a hormonal imbalance, breast cysts or tumors. You should see a primary care physician or gynecologist for a clinical breast exam. Bloodwork checks for hormones. Breast cysts and fibroadenoma (benign tumor) are diagnosed by ultrasound. Breast cancer is diagnosed by a biopsy based on a breast ultrasound, mammogram, or MRI.
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If I have breast cancer, what could the signs be?

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Dr. Donny Peterson
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A new lump or...: Early signs could be the detection of a new lump in the breast or armpit, skin changes, nipple retraction, & nipple discharge. A history of negative mammograms, no personal history of cancer, no family history of cancer are favorable. An exam, mammogram +/- ultrasound, mri, & biopsy may be needed if an abnormality is detected.
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Can you tell me which are the signs of breast cancer?

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Dr. R Condon Hughes
Dermatopathology 42 years experience
Lumps and discharges: Some of the signs of breast cancer include lumps and/or discharges. Regular monthly breast self exam can give you a baseline to work from, and if you feel a change, go see your doctor.

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