Different people have different symptoms of breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all.

Some warning signs of breast cancer are

  • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.

Keep in mind that these symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not cancer.


The most common sign of breast cancer that you may notice is a painless lump in your breast, potentially indicating a tumor. But at the time of diagnosis, most women don’t have any apparent signs of breast cancer. Instead, its early signs are discovered on an imaging test. When the tumor is small in the early stages of breast cancer, it’s rarely noticeable to the touch or the naked eye. That’s why mammograms play an important role.

Tuberose in breast can be observed just before period and dissapear after period which are insignificant. This is called fibrocystic changes which mostly appear in upper-outer quadrant of breast however it can be observed in other quadrants as well. These changes happen more frequently a few years before menopause. Reasons of these changesare not known. Breast is more sensitive to estrogen and progestron. The size of axillary lymph nodes can change as a reflexion to daily changes of lymph nodes of breast, arms (insect bite) and axilla (shaving dependent). If the tuberose gets bigger, other tests such as physical examination, ultrasonography, mammography or biopsy are requested.


Some scaly and sometimes scabious rash in nipple which does not change by cream can be benign (not cancer). However, they can be a rare cancer-related disease called Paget. It causes eczema-like changes to the skin of the nipple and the area of darker skin surrounding the nipple (areola). It’s usually a sign of breast cancer in the tissue behind the nipple. About 1 to 4% of women with breast cancer have Paget’s disease of the nipple. It can also affect men, but this is extremely rare. The term Paget’s disease of the nipple is used to distinguish the condition from Paget’s disease of the bone (where bones become weak and deformed). If you’re experiencing itchiness, burning or bleeding but the nipple looks normal and is not red or scaly, it’s unlikely to be Paget’s disease of the nipple. However, you should still have it checked by a doctor.


However early breast  cancer is  not painful, if the pain does not stop or other symptoms appear, being visited by a doctor is a must. Although mostly these symptoms are not decided as cancer, it is necessary to be visited for early diagnosis and early treatment.