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Malik Umair

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What are the initial symptoms of breast cancer?


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Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel is an important part of breast health. Finding breast cancer as early as possible gives you a better chance of successful treatment. But knowing what to look for does not take the place of having regular mammograms and other screening tests. Screening tests can help find breast cancer in its early stages, before any symptoms appear.

The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancer, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful. For this reason, it is important to have any new breast mass, lump, or breast change checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.

Other possible symptoms of breast cancer include:

• Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)

• Skin irritation or dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel)

• Breast or ***** pain

• ***** retraction (turning inward)

• Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the ***** or breast skin

• ***** discharge (other than breast milk)

Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar ***** and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt. Swollen lymph nodes should also be checked by a health care provider.

Although any of these symptoms can be caused by things other than breast cancer, if you have them, they should be reported to a health care professional so that the cause can be found.

Because mammograms do not find every breast cancer, it is important for you to be aware of changes in your breasts and to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.


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Well...there are different types of breast cancer so i don't really know which one you are asking but may i point those that i know;


- Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) - condition that most doctors consider to be breast cancer at it's earliest stage.
It's a cancer contained within the milk ducts with it's survival rate despite being on the increase in recent years, is 10%.
- Infiltrating ductal carcinoma - cancer that rises in the lining of the milk ducts & infiltrates the surrounding breast tissue & so makes 80% of all cases of breast cancer.
- Inflammatory carcinoma - In this type of cancer, a tumor arises in the lining of the milk ducts & as it grows it plugs the lymphatic & blood vessels. The skin reddens & turns thick & the breast becomes extremely tender & looks infected & it spreads very quickly due to the rich blood & lymph vessel supply associated with inflammatory reaction.
- Intraductal carcinoma in situ - this is localized type of cancer that doesn't spread.
- Lobular carcinoma - occurs on both breasts simultaneously & arises in lobes it accounts for about 9% of breast cancer.
- Paget's disease of the *****. This form of cancer occurs when cells from an underlying cancerous tumor migrate to the nipples. Symptoms are itching, redness & soreness of the *****. NB! Paget's disease signals the presence of primary ductal carcinoma elsewhere in the breast tissue.
NB! Mammograms can cause cancer cells to metastasize due to the pressure on the breast leading to ductal carcinoma.


Radiation Oncologist | Posted on

Slowly increasing swelling in breast or armpit that is usually painless and firm to feel. Late stages may have decreased appetite and weight loss. Distant spread may lead to severe back ache or ***** pain or even fracture of involved *****.


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Invasive Breast Cancer Symptoms-

• Redness or pitting of the breast skin
• Change in breast colour
• Increase in breast shape or size in a short period
• Peeling or flaking of the ***** skin
• Irritated or itchy breasts
• Changes in touch
• A breast lump or thickening


Student | Posted on

Cancer is a horrendous disease which takes one in it’s pangs and refuses to let go.According to statistics, in 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the US along with 62,930 new cases of non invasive breast cancer.These numbers have only increased.

The bigger issue here is most people are unaware of the symptoms and suffer in the later stages due to it,which is why it’s imperative to know the following: 

1.Presence of lump,something like a hard knot under the breast.
2.Swelling,redness or darkening of the breast.
3.Itchy and scale sore or a rash on and around the nipples.
4.Sudden start of ***** discharge.
5.Sudden pain in one part of the breast.
6.***** retraction(turning inward) .

Above are some of the initial symptoms and they shouldn’t be taken lightly.One should visit the doctor as soon as any of these symptoms start resurfacing.


Health Educator & Consultant | Posted on

When breast cancer first develops, there may be no symptoms at all. But as cancer grows, it can cause any of the following changes in the breast that women should watch for:

1. Breast lump or thickening.
2. Change in the size or shape of a breast.
3. ***** discharge (other than milk).
4. ***** pulled back (inverted).
5. Change in the skin of the breast, *****, or ***** looks or feels.
6. Lump under the arm or collar ***** due to spread to lymph nodes aspirating a small bit of tissue out of it. This is called Fine needle aspiration [FNA] or Core needle biopsy [depending upon the size of the needle].


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