The first symptom of breast cancer most women notice is a lump or an area of thickened tissue in their breast.
Most breast lumps (90%) are not cancerous, but it’s always best to have them checked by your doctor.
You should see your GP if you notice any of the following:
- a new lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast that was not there before
- a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
bloodstained discharge from either of your nipples
- a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
dimpling on the skin of your breasts
- a rash on or around your nipple
a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast
- Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.
It’s important to be breast aware so you can pick up any changes as soon as possible.
Get to know what is normal for you – for instance, your breasts may look or feel different at different times of your life. This will make it much easier to spot potential problems.