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When Meghan Hall, 34, was diagnosed with breast cancerit wasn't because she or a doctor felt a lump. That's right: Meghan's breast cancer symptom was green fluid leaking from her nipples—and her experience isn't unique. According to preliminary research presented at the UK National Cancer Research Institute's NCRI conference, one in six women who discovered their cancer themselves caught it based on a less-obvious symptom, like nipple abnormalities and weight loss a.
Breast cancer is the uncontrollable growth of malignant cells in the breasts. The exact cause of breast cancer is unknown, but some women have a higher risk than others. This includes women with a personal or family history of breast cancer and women with certain gene mutations.
Breast pain can be a symptom of cancer. If you have any symptoms that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away. Different people have different symptoms of breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all.
Lumps get most of the attention when you think about the symptoms of breast cancer. If you do find one, don't panic— some women's breasts happen to be lumpy without it being a sign of cancer. But there are other breast cancer signs you should know, too.
If you're struggling to find what you need, call our Support line on 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. Most breast lumps are not cancer. They are usually fluid-filled lumps cysts or a fibroadenoma, made up of fibrous and glandular tissue.
While many women go to the doctor after finding a lump, every woman should also be aware of other changes to the breast or nipple. For example, invasive ductal carcinoma IDCwhich forms in the milk ducts, may cause a distinct breast lump that you can feel. Invasive lobular carcinoma ILCwhich forms in milk-producing glands, may cause a thickening in the breast.
Skip to Content. Use the menu to see other pages. The signs and symptoms that should be discussed with a doctor are listed below. Many times, the cause of a symptom may be a different medical condition that is not cancer.