Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Breast lumps in general
Feeling a lump in your breast or armpit may be the first warning sign of breast cancer. Such lumps are often hard and painless, though some may be painful. A lump under the armpit may feel hard or thick and dense as compared with the armpit on the other side.
Do not panic when you notice a lump, as it is not always cancerous. A few common causes of breast lumps are hormonal changes in the body, a breast infection and fat necrosis (damaged tissue). Many women have breast lumps and 9 out of 10 (90%) are benign. That means they are not cancers.
Most benign breast lumps are
- Areas of normal lumpiness that is more obvious just before a period
- Cysts – sacs of fluid in the breast tissue, which are quite common
- Fibroadenoma – a collection of fibrous glandular tissue (these are common in younger women, for example under 30)
It is important to have your doctor check out any new or suspicious lumps on your breasts to determine the cause.