Breast Cancer Lumps

Topic: What to Know About Breast Cancer Lumps

A breast lump is the most common sign of breast cancer. Finding one can be unsettling, but most breast lumps turn out to be something other than cancer. Breast cancer lumps tend to be firm and don’t usually cause pain, but there are exceptions.

In this article, we’ll go over what you should know about breast cancer lumps, other signs of breast cancer, and when you should see a doctor.

What does a breast cancer lump feel like?

A cancerous breast lump is likely to feel firm or hard. Other features of a breast cancer lump are:

  • the edges are irregular
  • you can’t easily move it underneath the skin with your fingers
  • it’s growing
  • it’s located in the upper outer quadrant of your breast

While these characteristics are typical, breast cancer lumps can vary. Other warning signs of breast cancer are:

  • a new lump somewhere in your breast or underarm
  • thickening or swelling, even without a lump
  • skin is red, tender, and warm to the touch
  • dimpling, puckering, or scaling of the skin
  • breast or nipple pain
  • change to shape, size, or color of breast
  • blood or other unusual discharge from the nipple
  • nipple is turning inward

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