Signs of Breast Cancer


Know Your Risk

Potential signs of breast cancer can appear due to many different risk factors. Take this self-assessment to help determine your risk and screening eligibility.

What to Look For

Do you know what your breasts look and feel like? Become familiar with your own “normal” so you can recognize any changes.

Keep an eye out for these possible signs of breast cancer:

  • The skin of your breast dimples or puckers
  • Swelling of part of your breast
  • Redness or flaky skin on your nipple or breast
  • Change in the size or shape of your breast
  • Changes with your nipple, such as pushing inward instead of sticking out
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • A new lump or hard knot inside your breast or armpit
  • An area that feels thick inside your breast
  • Pain in your breast that does not go away

The Next Step

These signs do not mean that you have breast cancer. There are common noncancerous breast conditions that can cause symptoms, too. The way to find out for sure is to make an appointment with Emerson's Hermel Breast Centers located in Concord and in Westford by calling us at 978-287-8107.

Health Works Here Podcast

Dr. Elizaveta Ragulin Coyne discusses how to tell when lumps and breast pain are signs of cancer, as well as breast cancer surgery options.

Visit our podcast page to find the latest episode or subscribe to the Health Works Here Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be heard.

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