What are the symptoms of breast cancer in women?
There are various symptoms of breast cancer.
Some of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:
a lump in the breast
a change in the size or shape of the breast
dimpling of the skin or thickening in the breast tissue
a nipple that’s turned in (inverted)
a rash (like eczema) on the nipple
discharge from the nipple
swelling or a lump in the armpit.
A lump in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer.
Most breast lumps are not cancerous. They are usually fluid-filled lumps (cysts) or a fibroadenoma, which is made up of fibrous and glandular tissue. But it is important to get a lump or any of these symptoms checked by your GP straight away.
If a lump or other symptom is caused by breast cancer, the earlier you have treatment, the more successful it’s likely to be.
The sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment will be.
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