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Breast Cancer Symptoms

While no two cases of breast cancer are exactly alike, the breast will typically display one of several conditions. If you detect any of these, contact your doctor (or the Breast Center) immediately:

A lump

Often these lumps are firm and painless.

Inverted nipple

A previously normal nipple changes.


An area of the breast may begin to resemble an orange peel.


Veins near the surface of one breast that become more noticeable than those on the other.


A small area of breast surface becomes lower than the surrounding skin.
Breast cancer cannot be prevented, but early detection dramatically increases the likelihood of successful treatment. A planned routine of monthly breast self-exams, mammograms, and physical exams by your doctor provides your best defense against breast cancer and other forms of breast disease.