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What is the symptom of breast cancer?

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Varies

The most obvious is a new or enlarging firm mass.
Other symptoms can include skin and/or nipple changes. Rarely a unilateral spontaneous bloody nipple d/c. Any new or concerning findings on self-exam should be brought to the attention of your doctor. Finally, the ultimate goal of early detection is to find breast cancer before "symptoms" present - i.e. Screening mammmography.

In brief: Varies

The most obvious is a new or enlarging firm mass.
Other symptoms can include skin and/or nipple changes. Rarely a unilateral spontaneous bloody nipple d/c. Any new or concerning findings on self-exam should be brought to the attention of your doctor. Finally, the ultimate goal of early detection is to find breast cancer before "symptoms" present - i.e. Screening mammmography.
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale
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David Miller
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Several

New or enlarging lumps, nipple discharge and skin changes are all things that should be investigated to rule out breast cancer.
Each of these can be associated with other things but cancer should be ruled out.While many breast cancers do not cause pain, some do: any new, persistent pain in the breast should be evaluated. The best time to DX cancer is before symptoms develop. Mammograms save lives.

In brief: Several

New or enlarging lumps, nipple discharge and skin changes are all things that should be investigated to rule out breast cancer.
Each of these can be associated with other things but cancer should be ruled out.While many breast cancers do not cause pain, some do: any new, persistent pain in the breast should be evaluated. The best time to DX cancer is before symptoms develop. Mammograms save lives.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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