The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. Common symptoms are:
• Swelling of all or par t of a breast
• Skin irritation or dimpling
• Breast or nipple pain
• Nipple retraction (turning inward)
• Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
• A nipple discharge
other than breast milk Sometimes breast cancer can be detected first in the lymph nodes under the arm or
around the collar bone. Swollen lymph nodes should also be reported to your doctor.
Did You Know…
• A breast exam should be done at least every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s, and yearly for women 40 and older.
• Women should know how their breasts
normally look and feel and report changes to a doctor right away.
• Beginning in their 20s, women should know the benefits of a breast self-exam (BSE
) and star t self exams at home.
• Most women with one or more risk factors never develop the disease, while many women with breast cancer have no apparent risk factors.
• Early detection saves thousands of lives each year, and can improve chances of diagnosis at an early stage and successful
• Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you age.
• Family history of cancer
can increase your risk—however, 85% of women who get breast cancer do not have a family history this disease.