Breast Cancer Symptoms

Breast cancer typically doesn’t cause symptoms in its early stages. Most patients are diagnosed after a screening test such as a mammogram, not because they noticed changes in their bodies.

But there are a number of signs associated with breast cancer, and it’s good to know what they are.

If you’re concerned that you may have breast cancer, make an appointment for a mammogram at the Joanne Knight Breast Health Center. You can also contact us at 314-454-7500.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

If you experience any of the following symptoms or changes in your breast, you should report them to your doctor:

  • A breast lump or thickening that is different from surrounding tissue
  • Change in the size, shape or heaviness of one breast
  • A rapid change in the look of one breast, over the course of days or weeks
  • Redness or changes to the skin on the breast that resemble an orange peel
  • Change in the color of the breast to red, purple, pink, or a bruised appearance
  • Unusual warmth of one breast
  • Bloody or clear yellow discharge from the nipple
  • Peeling or flaking of the nipple skin
  • Itching
  • Tenderness, pain, or aching in one area of the breast
  • Enlarged lymph nodes under the arm or above or below the collarbone