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5 Symptoms of Breast Cancer Other Than Lumps

When it comes to breast cancer, most women know to search for lumps but there are some more unusual symptoms they should know about, too. While lumps remain the most common breast cancer symptom, they aren't the only one. In fact, one study showed that 1 in 6 women diagnosed with breast cancer went to the doctor about a symptom other than a lump. Breast cancer happens when cells in your breast grow and divide in an uncontrolled way, creating a mass of tissue called a tumor. The risk of developing breast cancer increases as you age and with weight gain.

Here are 5 symptoms to watch out for other than lumps.

Changes in skin texture: Breast cancer can also lead to a change in the skin texture of your breasts. It is caused due to inflammation lead by the growth of cancerous cells. This may also cause a change in the colour of the skin. The skin of your breasts may start appearing scaly around the nipple and areola and it may even appear thick in some parts. Even eczema and dermatitis in the breasts can also be a sign of a rare type of breast cancer.

Nipple discharge: A person may observe discharge from the nipple, which can be thin or thick and can range in color from clear to milky to yellow, green, or red. It is normal for people who are breastfeeding to have a milky discharge from the nipples, but it is advisable to see a doctor about any other nipple discharge.

Nipple retraction or inversion: Breast cancer can cause changes in cells of your nipples that may cause them to invert or reverse inward. The change in the nipples often appear during ovulation and sometimes even during the menstrual cycle. If you notice any such changes consult your doctor.

Dents and Dimples: Skin dimpling can sometimes be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer, an aggressive type of breast cancer. Cancer cells can cause a buildup of lymph fluid in the breast that leads to swelling as well as dimpling or pitted skin. It is essential that anyone who notices skin dimpling speaks with a doctor.

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