Breast cancer is cancer that develops in breast cells. Typically, the cancer forms in either the lobules or the ducts of the breast. Lobules are the glands that produce milk, and ducts are the pathways that bring the milk from the glands to the nipple. Cancer can also occur in the fatty tissue or the fibrous connective tissue within your breast.
Breast cancer symptoms
In its early stages, breast cancer may be asymptomatic. In many cases, a tumour may be too small to be felt, but an abnormality can still be seen on a mammogram.
If a tumour can be felt, the first sign is usually a new lump in the breast that was not there before. However, not all lumps are cancer.
Each type of breast cancer can cause a variety of symptoms. Many of these symptoms are similar, but some can be different.
The most common symptoms for Breast Cancer are:
1 – A breast lump or tissue thickening that feels different than surrounding tissue and has developed recently
2 – Breast pain
3 – Red, pitted skin over your entire breast
4- Swelling in all or part of your breast
5 – Nipple discharge other than breast milk
6 – Bloody discharge from your nipple
7 – Peeling, scaling, or flaking of skin on your nipple or breast
8 – A sudden, unexplained change in the shape or size of your breast
9 – Inverted nipple
10 – Changes to the appearance of the skin on your breasts
11 – A lump or swelling under your arm
However, if you have any of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast cancer.
For instance, pain in your breast or a breast lump can be caused by a benign cyst.
Still, if you find a lump in your breast or have other symptoms, you should see your doctor for further examination and testing.