Breast Cancer symptoms

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Most individuals visit their doctor because they experience the following symptoms:

Lump in the chest

The appearance of a previously unnoticed lump or nodule in the breast.

Self-examination or palpation of the breast

The breast is tender upon palpation.

Change in breast size

One breast changes its size.

Irregularities in the contour of the breast or chest

It develops an irregular shape.

Alteration of the skin of the breast or chest

Changes to the breast’s skin such as ulcers, colour changes and developing what is called peau d’orange (skin that appears like orange peel).

Nipple changes

Changes to the nipple, including inversion (facing inward).

Nipple secretions

Bloody secretions from the nipple.

Axillary lymph nodes

The appearance of a lump under the arm.

Tired woman, sweating

Other symptoms include tiredness or localised bone pain, which both appear in more advanced stages of the disease.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should visit your gynaecologist for an assessment and to begin a more detailed study if considered necessary.

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Substantiated information by:

Aleix Prat Aparicio
Ana Rodríguez García
Bárbara Ádamo
Montserrat Muñoz Mateu

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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