Early diagnosis and treatment can provide almost 100% cure.
In most women, the first symptom noticed is a breast lump. Other signs and symptoms are:
- A lump or thickening inside the breast tissue, which does not go away with a menstrual period. A hard, irregular shaped lump which is not painful may be found by the woman herself.
- Discharge from the nipple, particularly if blood stained or profusely watery
- Change in shape or size of part or whole of the breast
- Change in appearance of skin in a part of the breast or dimpling or puckering (an orange peel appearance). The skin may be red, thickened or scaly over the breast and nipple
- Rash on the nipples or surrounding areas
- Inversion or turning in of the nipple.
- Swelling on the upper arm
- Swelling in the armpit
- Breast or nipple pain
- Nipple discharge
- A single or multiple lumps in the underarm
Late signs and symptoms They occur as the cancer grows or spreads.
- Bone pain
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Cough or shortness of breath
- Double vision