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Weill Cornell Cancer Center

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Early-stage breast cancer may not cause any symptoms. That is why it is so important for a woman to get regular mammograms and a physical examination by a healthcare provider and perform monthly breast self-examination.

When breast cancer does cause symptoms, they may include:

  • a lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
  • tenderness of the nipple
  • a change in the size or shape of the breast
  • a nipple that turns inward into the breast
  • scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast or around the nipple; the skin may develop ridges or pitting that resembles an orange peel
  • discharge of fluid from the nipple

These symptoms are sometimes caused by conditions other than cancer. A woman should see her healthcare provider to determine the cause.

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