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What Are The First Warning Signs Of Breast Cancer?

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Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast or underarms. Sudden discharge (bloody or clear/non milky) from only one nipple (without squeezing). Change in size/shape, redness, or darkening of the breast. Dimpling of breast surface. Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple. Retraction/Inversion of nipple or other parts of the breast.

Gina Hodge

Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:

Unlike the common myth that a lump is the only indication of breast cancer, there are multiple symptoms that can help in proactively seeking advanced diagnostics and medical help at an early stage.  Warning signs of breast cancer vary from woman to woman and there are some cases where symptoms don’t show up at all, even in mammography scans. The most common symptoms are: a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and discharge from the nipple.  

[Read: What Are The Basic Causes Of Breast Cancer?]

Conduct regular self examination of the breasts to look out for:  

  1. Lumps that feels harder or different from the rest of the breast or in the underarms. Not all lumps are cancerous though.
  2. Sudden discharge (bloody or clear…non milky) from only one nipple (without squeezing). Can be due to an infection as well.
  3. Change in size/shape, swelling/enlargement, warmth, redness, or darkening of the breast.
  4. Dimpling or puckering of breast surface with an “orange peel” texture to the skin
  5. Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  6. Retraction/Inversion of nipple or other parts of the breast.

If you are 40, insist on routine mammograms and regular checkups with your medical practitioner. Listen to warning signs from your body and seek medical guidance.

Suggested Reading:  Breast Cancer Awareness: How do I check my breasts and What changes should I look and feel for?

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252 comments
Sheetal Ray
Sheetal Ray 5pts

My mom hv pain in her breast and pus in it what does it mean??

Sathya S. Nair
Sathya S. Nair 5pts

Effective home remedy.....1 lemon juice/1 table spoon honey ...mix it wirh 1 glass of hot water n drink it earling morning on empty stomach every day....huge relief!

Sathya S. Nair
Sathya S. Nair 5pts

Yes darling....u should consult with a Dr.....I have the same problem due to allergic.....people have diff. problems....

Puja Jaiswal
Puja Jaiswal 5pts

Having a dry cough, not able to sleep due to shortness of breathing........help pls \U0001f622\U0001f622\U0001f622\U0001f622

Rangani Talagala
Rangani Talagala 5pts

Kohomath hodata kiri dunna ammalata b cancer aka hadana awa danana ma adui. Oya hodata kata aragana balaganna enna mama mukuth katha katha kiyanna naha.

Rebecca Lyles
Rebecca Lyles 5pts

Please Do Not get regular mammograms. If you are going to post as an authority get your facts. Xrays to breast tissue cause more cancer than it prevents

Marie Negron
Marie Negron 5pts

Went to ER for pain but they told me to get it checked out they wouldn't check for me but I will make an appointment thanx

Tamara Sowers
Tamara Sowers 5pts

You should get it checked out. Might just be an infection, might be more. Don't wait too long.

Tamara Sowers
Tamara Sowers 5pts

My mammogram (the first one ever) looked suspicious, prompting a biopsy and ultrasound. Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Chemo, surgery, and next up, radiation. No family history so I never had gotten checked--just found a tiny pebble lump that rapidly grew. Glad I got the mammogram. It's a few seconds of discomfort to possibly save your life. Worth it--in my opinion, anyway.

Marie Negron
Marie Negron 5pts

Question I had some reddish-brown like stuff coming out my nipple does anyone know wat might cause this??

Nawroz Salih
Nawroz Salih 5pts

Very good \U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f490\U0001f490

Dulcy Checkland-Huard
Dulcy Checkland-Huard 5pts

sometimes there are NO signs,regular thermograms,regular self exams, regular ultrasounds missed my large aggressive growing Comedo[close to becoming invasive as ducts were distended as shown in the later surgical pathology] near my chest wall.Only one pic,one angle of a 3d mammo caught me in the nick of time..I breast fed,never wore bras or deodorant{ I used pure baking soda ]So do several types of screening as your type,location,size will determine what will catch you.There is NO foolproof screening method!! I had no symptoms when I went for that mammo-

Robert Gunnarsson
Robert Gunnarsson 5pts

Womans need more Progesterone! Even men.. and Less estrogen! ! Get rid of all synthetic contraceptives with hormones!Www.vitallyft.se

Ruby Moberg
Ruby Moberg 5pts

New research is showing that mammograms are not the way to go. Please do some research Ayurveda.

Lucy Williams
Lucy Williams 5pts

All our lives they tell you to watch not to bump them to be careful with them and then they ask you to expose them to excruciating pain to see if you have cancer, never understand that

Yong Siow Yan
Yong Siow Yan 5pts

why should we go for mammography scans if that also cant show the symptoms, waste time, money and painful too

Linda Norman
Linda Norman 5pts

No I agree with you. Here in England we have a routine mamma gram if it shows anything at all we are called to the hospital for a further mamma gram at the same time we have an ultrasound and a biopsy of the lump and a biopsy of the lymph nodes. This is how mine was confirmed. I then took part in a clinical trial to help the women of the future. This was painful and intense. I am sorry you had cancer so young and I hope now that you are well. God Bless You x

Karlassa Gradford
Karlassa Gradford 5pts

A mammogram is not always the best or only way to detect breast cancer. In Oct 2014, I felt a tiny lump above my left breast; my gynecologist at the time sent me for a routine mammogram. Because the lump was in a position that the machine could not grab, I received a letter stating my mamm showed the same as all my previous ones...benign cystic breast. Fast forward to May 2015, new gynecologist recommended to me by my previous one...I informed her of the lump, she felt the lump and wrote a prescription for an ultrasound instead of a mammogram because of the location of the lump. Due to how backed up the radiobiology dept at the hospital was, my ultrasound was scheduled for July 2, 2015. July 8, 2015, my gyno called and advised me that i, in fact, had breast cancer...again, the mammogram didn't pick it up. Even on the day of my surgery Aug. 28th, a post op mammogram couldn't pick up the lump and another ultrasound had to be done in order to insert a needle loc for my surgeon to operate in the precise spot of the lump. If you're over 40 & find a lump, my suggestion is to request a mammogram AND an ultrasound by your physician. It will save your life. My cancer was .70cm big (extremely small) and was stage 1. But just think what the outcome could've been had I accepted the 1st diagnosis results in Oct/Nov 2014.

Linda Norman
Linda Norman 5pts

Hi, Well I started it didn't want it had 1 then stopped. I researched it and found out it can damage the heart etc. Contrary to what Christleton said I prefer natural remedies I only take tuner and I don't eat meat dairy or sugar. I have my yearly check up in a couple of weeks.

Mondana Gavami
Mondana Gavami 5pts

And Stereotactic biopsy confirmed DCIS with nuclear grade III !

Mondana Gavami
Mondana Gavami 5pts

Exactly! Mine picked up through a routine mammogram!

Linda Norman
Linda Norman 5pts

Shame on you seriously I think you are a mental case!

Linda Norman
Linda Norman 5pts

You absolutely talk rubbish I am a good caring person always have been you don't know me like I said before find something to do and LEAVE ME ALONE

Linda Norman
Linda Norman 5pts

Stop sending me such ridiculous messages. I lady question everything yes Everything and research Everything. My mother died of cancer. I have been nursing for 30 years and have watched people die of cancer!!! I take herbal rather than prescribed drugs. I take large doses of turmeric every day so don't put me down making me look a fool. I know my own body and I am glad I had a lumoectomy and am cleared of cancer so get of your high horse and find something to do with your time instead of putting people DOWN

Alex Pilkington
Alex Pilkington 5pts

There are many things youd have to connect to understnad that the body is pleomorphic. Basically, up your energy, oxygen, liquids, and down your contamination coupled with getting more sun and cleaning your skin with an alchol tonic. There is no cure for cancer. Just up your health and see if it will leave. All disease is just build up. We dont age, we accumulate.

Linda Norman
Linda Norman 5pts

I can't believe you are talking such rubbish!!!!

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Olivia Dejacto 5pts

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