Palpable Breast Cancers

These cancers present as a mass, or lump, in the breast. This can be a new lump or a lump that has grown or changed. There are other changes in the breast that can be the first indication of a breast cancer. These include:

  • A change in the size or shape of the breast
  • A retraction or dimpling of the skin anywhere in the breast
  • Red, flaky or swollen skin anywhere on the breast
  • New localized breast pain
  • A nipple that is tender or suddenly turns inward (gets retracted)
  • Bloody nipple discharge, or spontaneous persistent non-bloody  discharge other than milk
All of these symptoms, as well as any new or changing breast mass, should certainly be brought to your health care provider's attention.