Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Patients have various symptoms which can be different depending on the type and stage of cancer that patient has. However, common signs and symptoms include:

A lump in the breast or underarm. Lumps are the most common sign of breast cancer, but there could be other signs. It is also important to remember, most breast lumps are not cancer. Lumps are usually painless, but can produce pain or tenderness.

Swelling under the arm.

Changes in the nipple. Changes could be a rash, itching, dimpling, burning, ulcers, discharge or nipple retraction.

* Significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (female) and age.

* Women under 30 have a 0.44% chance of developing breast cancer over their next 10 years. By the age of 50, that number increases to 2.31%.

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