Less Common Symptoms of Breast Cancer

As women, we know to be on the watch for any changes or abnormalities in our breasts. We are told to do self-exams often and get mammograms regularly.

Thanks to advancements in mammograms and early detection, we’ve come a long way in detecting breast cancer, treating breast cancer, and surviving breast cancer.

It’s worth noting that lumps, and thickened skin or tissue, aren’t the only indicators of breast cancer. Keep an eye out for the symptoms that can also foretell a possible breast cancer diagnosis.

Any new change in breast size or shape, including swelling or shrinkage, could be indicative of cancer.

A change in breast shape or size.

Symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer include swelling (edema) and redness (erythema) that affect a third or more of the breast.

Swelling in all or part of the breast.

Breast pain after menopause.

While breast pain can have many other causes, it should be looked into if it is experienced alongside other unexplained or severe symptoms.

Doctors describe skin dimpling as skin that is similar in texture to an orange’s outer peel.

Skin dimpling.

Swollen lymph nodes under the arms or collarbone.

This is often a sign that breast cancer is spreading even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt.

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