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Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer


Updated November 16, 2010

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. It is estimated 1 in every 7 American women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. 220,000 American women will develop breast cancer this year.

Symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Discharge from the nipple(clear or bloody)

  • Persistent tenderness of the breast

  • pain in the nipple

  • swelling or mass in the armpit (lymph nose)

  • inverted or scaly nipples

  • a lump that can be felt no matter how small

  • swelling of the breast
Sometimes there are no symptoms of breast cancer when its in the early stages. If you notice a lump, or are experiencing anything unusual, you must report them to your doctor as soon as possible. Performing a monthly self breast exam is the best way to notice any changes in your breasts.
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