Breast cancer – symptomsMost breast tumors (about half) occur in women in the upper outer part of the breast, ca. 15 % in the inner upper area. The left breast is affected slightly more often than the right breast.
In the early stages, breast cancer usually causes no discomfort or pain. That's why women should be all the more vigilant for certain signs that could indicate a possible cancer. If the disease is already advanced, symptoms can occur that are triggered by metastases, for example bone pain, heavy breathing or weight loss.
If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, don't hesitate to see your gynecologist or health care professional. consult your gynecologist! The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the chances of cure.
lumps in the breast
Nodes are usually only visible from ca. 1-2 cm in size palpable – depending on location (just under the skin or deeper), breast texture (nodular or non-nodular breast) and breast size. They cannot be moved, feel firm, and usually do not hurt. But not every lump means cancer; however, always have palpable findings clarified.
Changes in the nipples
New retractions in one place or depressions of the entire nipple are an alarm signal, as are inflammations and skin changes or secretions, especially if they are bloody or occur only on one side.
Changes in breast size
In most women, the breasts are of different sizes. However, if the difference in size is new, this is a reason to see a doctor. The different behavior of the two breasts when lifting the arms is also a sign that needs to be clarified.
Retractions and other noticeable changes in the skin (large pores, 'orange peel skin') are a possible warning sign of breast cancer, as are redness and inflammation that do not subside.
Swelling in the armpit
Swelling and lumps in the armpit may indicate lymph node metastases. However, swelling can also occur with infections.