Page updated: 21 May 2010

Breast cancer

Woman examing breasts




There can be many reasons for changes in the breast and often they will be harmless. 

Any unusual change needs to be checked, as there is a chance it could be a sign of cancer.

Check your breasts for any signs of the following:

  • Size and shape: if one breast changes in size or shape.
  • A new lump or thickening in one breast or armpit that is different to the rest of the breast.
  • Skin changes: puckering, dimpling, inflammation or redness of the skin.
  • Nipple changes: if a nipple becomes inverted (pulled in), changes shape or points differently.
  • Rashes on or around the nipple.
  • Discharge or fluid (not milky) from one or both nipples.
  • Pain or discomfort in the breast or armpit that is not related to your periods.
  • Swelling under the armpit or around the collarbone.

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