Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Breast cancer signs and symptoms

Although a lump in the breast is typically associated with breast cancer, much of the time such lumps aren’t cancer.

Common causes of benign breast lumps include:

  • breast infection
  • fibrocystic breast disease (“lumpy breasts”)
  • fibroadenoma (noncancerous tumor)
  • fat necrosis (damaged tissue)

With fat necrosis, the mass can’t be distinguished from a cancerous lump without a biopsy.

Even though the majority of breast lumps are caused by less severe conditions, new, painless lumps are still the most common symptom of breast cancer.

A woman may notice a change in her breast when she performs a monthly breast exam or minor abnormal pain that doesn’t seem to go away. Early signs of breast cancer include:

  • changes in the shape of the nipple
  • breast pain that doesn’t go away after your next period
  • a new lump that doesn’t go away after your next period
  • nipple discharge from one breast that is clear, red, brown, or yellow
  • unexplained redness, swelling, skin irritation, itchiness, or rash on the breast
  • swelling or a lump around the collarbone or under the arm

A lump that is hard with irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous.

Later signs of breast cancer include:

  • retraction, or inward turning of the nipple
  • enlargement of one breast
  • dimpling of the breast surface
  • an existing lump that gets bigger
  • an “orange peel” texture to the skin
  • vaginal pain
  • unintentional weight loss
  • enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit
  • visible veins on the breast

Having one or more of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast cancer. Nipple discharge, for example, can also be caused by an infection. See your doctor for a complete evaluation if you experience any of these signs and symptoms.

Talos App is a premium, paid for that helps you assess breast anomaly for the most common types of an anomaly in the breast such as cancer. To performing self-screening you need a compact thermal camera to capture a photo of the breast. Images can be added to your Talos app and you receive a risk indication by our clinically validated technology within 30 seconds. We provide recommendations on the next steps to take, including whether to visit a healthcare professional. We aim to raise awareness of breast anomalies such as cancer and provide a clinical tested AI to help individuals assess their breast health and get to the doctor in time.