Breast Cancer (cont.)
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Breast Cancer Symptoms and Signs
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Early breast cancer has no symptoms. It is usually not painful.
Most breast cancer is discovered before symptoms are present, either by finding an abnormality on mammography or feeling a breast lump. A lump in the armpit or above the collarbone that does not go away may be a sign of cancer. Other possible symptoms are breast discharge, nipple inversion, or changes in the skin overlying the breast.
When to Seek Medical Care for Breast Cancer
Breast cancer develops over months or years. Once it is identified, however, a certain sense of urgency is felt about the treatment, because breast cancer is much more difficult to treat as it spreads. You should see your health-care provider if you experience any of the following:
Redness or swelling in the breast may suggest an infection of the breast.
If an abnormality is found on your mammogram, you should see your health-care provider right away to make a plan for further evaluation.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/18/2015
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