Many people regularly check their breasts for common warning signs of cancer, including:
- A painless lump in your breast
- Abnormal thickening of your breast tissue
- A change in the density of your breast
Less often, breast cancer can show up as:
- A lump under your arm
- Red or scaly skin on your breast
- A change in your nipple (such as discharge or inversion)
- Dimpling of the skin over your breast
In inflammatory breast cancer:
- Your breast may be red, swollen and warm to the touch, like the symptoms of an infection.
- The surface of your breast may look pitted, like the skin of an orange (because the cancer cells block lymph vessels in your skin).
- Sometimes, there is no lump in the breast that you can see or feel.