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Breast Warning Signs

by Stephanie Watson  

Pain is rarely a sign of breast cancer. However, if you experience any of these symptoms with or without pain, report them to your doctor right away:

  • A lump, knot, or thickened area in your breast or under your arm
  • A change in the size or shape of your breast
  • Swelling of your breast that doesn’t go away
  • Pain in one spot in your breast that doesn’t improve
  • Dimpled or puckered skin on your breast that may resemble the outside of an orange
  • Warmth, redness, or darkening of the skin on the breast
  • An itchy, scaly sore or rash around the nipple
  • A nipple that turns inward (inverted nipple)
  • Discharge (bloody or clear) from the nipple that isn’t breast milk

This article first appeared in the December 2018 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.