What are signs that a lump could be breast cancer?

Signs+symptoms. The signs and symptoms of breast cancer include: a lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle; change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast; blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple; change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed). New lump - see your doc.
Signs. A lump is a lump, but a lump that is associated with skin puckering or dimpling, nipple inversion, bloody nipple discharge, or palpable bulky underarm lymph nodes is highly suspicious for cancer.
Hard to Tell. It is very difficult to distinguish a benign breast lump from a cancer by exam alone, for patient and doctor. In general, cancers tend to be rock-hard, 3-dimensionally round, and can feel "fixed" within the breast. Depending upon age and physical examination findings, we will often get a mammogram and ultrasound to help evaluate a breast lump, sometimes culminating in a (nonsurgical) biopsy.

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Is having a small lump inside my breast a sign of breast cancer?

Many Possibilities. In my surgical practice, the most common cause of a well-defined breast lump is a cyst. This can easily be differentiated from a tumor by ultrasound or needle aspiration. If the lump is solid, it may be due to a benign tumor (ie, fibroadenoma) or a cancer; the only way to determine this is by tissue diagnosis, which can usually be done by needle-biopsy in the office or breast center. Read more...

Other than lumps what are other signs of breast cancer?

Thus. Retraction of the nipple, abnormal nipple discharges, dimpling or redness of the skin, and more rarely pain can be symptoms of breast cancer but a painless lump would be more common. Remember that prognosis is better with early stage so it's important to do your regular age and risk appropriate screenings so that if there's cancer, it can be found before any symptom develops. Read more...

What are some early signs and symptoms of breast cancer (besides a lump)?

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! Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

I found a lump on my 9 year old daughters breast. There is no rubor, swelling, or heat present. Is there anyway this could be breast cancer?

Unlikely. Highly unlikely. There are some rare instances of breast carcinomas and sarcomas occurring in the pediatric population- however this is rare. Most likely - it's a benign (non cancerous process) lump. These benign lumps can occasionally be locally destructive (over taking the normal breast tissue) and need to be surgically removed. See your pediatrician to start. You may need to see a surgeon. Read more...
Very rare. It would be extremely rare for this to be breast cancer. Most likely you are feeling a breast bud. This the breast tissue that will begin to form. You should however discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. Read more...