Breast cancer may not always cause symptoms. In some women, it is found during a screening test. If you have these, do not think it is because of cancer. Other, less serious conditions, such as a breast cyst, can cause symptoms. But, it's still important to talk about them with your doctor. Finding and treating the cause early will improve your chances for a cure.
The most common symptom is a painless lump or thickening in or near the breast, or underarm area. In some women, these changes can cause pain. The lump may shrink or go away, but it does not mean the problem is gone. Any changes in the breast should be reported to your doctor.
Other changes to be aware of:
Common symptoms include:
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 3/11/2019