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A change in the feel or look of the breast

  • A change in the size or shape of the breast
  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
  • A warm sensation in the breast

A change in the feel or look of the nipple

  • A retraction of the nipple
  • A discharge from the nipple
  • A rash on the nipple or areola
  • Nipple tenderness, increased sensitivity or pain

Nipple Discharge 

  • Blood or fluid other than breast milk secreted from the nipple

A change in the feel or look of the skin of the breast, areola or nipple

  • Dimpling of the skin on the breast (like the skin of an orange)
  • The appearance of irritated, red, scaly or swollen skin on the breast, nipple or areola

Breast Pain

  • Although breast pain is usually associated with benign breast disease rather than breast cancer, it can be a symptom of either condition

Adapted from the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.