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Breast cancer symptoms: Know the signs

A consultant analyzing a mammogram. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/

The earlier breast cancer is picked up, the easier it is to treat.

The first symptom for many women is finding a lump. Other changes that could be due to breast cancer are:

  • A thickening in an area of the breast
  • A change in the size or shape of a breast
  • Dimpling of the skin
  • A change in the shape of your nipple, particularly if it turns in, sinks into the breast, or has an irregular shape
  • A blood stained discharge from the nipple
  • A rash on a nipple or surrounding area
  • A swelling or lump in your armpit

These symptoms don't necessarily mean cancer, but should always be checked out.

Cancer Research UK has more information on their website.