Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Symptoms of Breast Cancer: Introduction
The hallmark symptom of breast cancer is a breast lump. However, malignant breast lumps may be small or hard to detect at an early stage of breast cancer. A breast lump that is malignant is often not painful, but pain can occur in some cases.
There are also other less serious causes of breast lumps, but any breast lump should be quickly evaluated medically because of the risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer can be fatal, especially if untreated, and is one of the leading cancer killers in women.
A malignant breast lump can occur by itself or there may be other symptoms. Other coexisting symptoms can include breast discharge, breast deformity or change in the size or shape or appearance of the breast, a change in the look of feel of the skin of the breast, nipple tenderness, or an inverted nipple....more about Breast Cancer »
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources
for Breast Cancer includes the 32
symptoms listed below:
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Breast Cancer: Symptom Checkers
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Breast Cancer: Symptom Assessment Questionnaires
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Breast Cancer: Complications
Read information about complications of Breast Cancer.
Diagnostic testing of medical conditions related to Breast Cancer:
- Self breast examination
- Clinical breast examination
- Screening mammogram
- Diagnostic mammograms - more detailed mammograms than the basic screening.
- more tests...»
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Breast Cancer: Medical Mistakes
Breast Cancer: Undiagnosed Conditions
Diseases that may be commonly undiagnosed in related medical areas:
Home Diagnostic Testing
Home medical tests related to Breast Cancer:
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- Breast Cancer: Related Home Tests:
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Wrongly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer?
The list of other diseases or medical conditions
that may be on the differential diagnosis list of alternative diagnoses
for Breast Cancer includes:
- Normal breasts - not all breast lumps are abnormal; breast changes can also occur from aging, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, oral contraceptives, and other reasons.
- more diagnoses...»
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Breast Cancer: Research Doctors & Specialists
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Other Possible Causes of these Symptoms
Click on any of the symptoms below to see a full list
of other causes including diseases, medical conditions, toxins, drug interactions,
or drug side effect causes of that symptom.
Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Breast Cancer:
Early breast cancer usually does not cause pain. In
fact, when breast cancer first develops, there may be no
symptoms at all. But as the cancer grows, it can cause changes
that women should watch for:
A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the
A change in the size or shape of the breast;
discharge or tenderness, or the nipple pulled back
(inverted) into the breast;
Ridges or pitting of the breast (the skin looks like the
skin of an orange); or
A change in the way the skin of the breast, areola, or
nipple looks or feels (for example, warm, swollen, red, or
A woman should see her doctor about any symptoms like
these. Most often, they are not cancer, but it's important to
check with the doctor so that any problems can be diagnosed
and treated as early as possible. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Breast Cancer: NCI)
Breast Cancer as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions
When considering symptoms of Breast Cancer, it is also important to consider Breast Cancer as a possible cause of other medical conditions.
The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Breast Cancer may cause:
- (Source - Diseases Database)
Breast Cancer as a symptom:
For a more detailed analysis of Breast Cancer as a symptom, including causes, drug side effect causes, and drug interaction causes, please see our Symptom Center information for Breast Cancer.
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About signs and symptoms of Breast Cancer:
The symptom information on this page
attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Breast Cancer.
This signs and symptoms information for Breast Cancer has been gathered from various sources,
may not be fully accurate,
and may not be the full list of Breast Cancer signs or Breast Cancer symptoms.
Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Breast Cancer may vary on an individual basis for each patient.
Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they
are indeed Breast Cancer symptoms.