Signs and symptoms of breast cancer

It is important that any symptoms or breast changes are properly investigated with your doctor. This may include a physical breast examination, x-rays and ultrasound imaging of your breast(s).

As well as having your regular screening mammogram every 2 years, it is important you get to know the normal look and feel of your breasts.  If you find a breast change that is unusual for you, we recommend that you do not visit BreastScreen NSW - you should see your doctor without delay.

Signs and symptoms to look out for include:

  • a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it's only in one breast
  • a change in the size or shape of your breast
  • a change to the nipple, such as crusting, an ulcer, redness or an inversion
  • a nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
  • a change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
  • an unusual pain that doesn't go away.

9 out of 10 breast changes are not due to cancer, but it’s important to see a doctor to be sure.

For more information go to Cancer Australia's Resources Library and search for “Do you have a breast change?”




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