Breast Cancer Symptoms

When to see your doctor

You should see your doctor if you have:

  • A lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast
  • Discharge from either of your nipples (which may be streaked with blood)
  • A lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • A change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • Dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • A rash on or around your nipple
  • A change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast
  • Pain in either of your breasts or armpits that is not related to your period

Breast lump

A new lump or thickening in your breast or armpit could be a sign of cancer. Many women have breast lumps and 9 out of 10 (90%) of these are not cancer. They are often called benign lumps.
It’s important to get any breast lump checked out by your doctor.

Skin changes

Skin changes such as dimpling, puckering, a rash, or redness of the skin. The skin on your breast might look like orange peel. Or the skin might feel a different texture than usual. This can be caused by other things other than cancer, however get anything that does not feel normal checked out by your doctor.

Change in size, shape or feel of a breast

Your breast might start to look bigger or have unusual shape. It might start to feel different. Many healthy women find that their breasts feel lumpy and tender before their period.

Get more familiar with the size, shape and feel of your breasts. See your doctor if you notice any changes or anything that does not feel normal to you.

Find out more on breast self examination