Early breast cancer usually does not cause physical pain, and symptoms may not initially be noticeable. As the cancer grows, it can cause changes that include:
If you notice any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor immediately for an examination.
These symptoms are often associated with breast cancer that has progressed from its earliest stages. Mammography can often detect a breast cancer before it is large enough to produce any of these symptoms. For this reason, regular mammograms are recommended, making it more likely that breast cancer will be detected at its earliest and most curable stages.
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Last reviewed December 2014 by Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACPLast Updated: 12/20/2014