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Breast cancer symptoms

Perhaps the most recognized symptom of breast cancer is a lump or mass in the breast tissue. While many women go to their doctor after finding a lump, they should also be aware of any other changes to the breast or nipple.

With the different types of breast cancer come a variety of related symptoms. For example, invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), which forms in the milk ducts, may cause a distinct breast lump that you can feel. Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC), which forms in the milk-producing glands, may cause a thickening in the breast.


Video: Breast Cancer Screening and Symptoms

Breast Cancer Screening and Symptoms

Papillary carcinoma symptoms

Although papillary carcinoma symptoms may not be present, a routine mammogram may detect its development. For those who do experience symptoms related to this type of cancer, the following may be common:

  • Mass: Papillary carcinoma is most often detected as a cyst or lump of about 2-3 cm in size that can be felt with the hand during a breast self-exam.
  • Nipple discharge: About 50 percent of papillary carcinomas occur beneath the nipple, resulting in bloody nipple discharge.

Understanding cancer symptoms

These symptoms may be attributed to a number of conditions other than cancer. If you notice any cancer signs or symptoms, it's important to visit your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

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