Discover the 5 Unconventional Signs of Breast Cancer

Discover the 5 Unconventional Signs of Breast Cancer
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Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of the disease in the world that affects both men and women. The chances of getting the disease increase as you age, but detecting it at an early stage could be life saving. In this article I am going to discuss uncommon signs and symptoms of breast cancer that many people overlook.

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The majority of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in people who are aged 40 and up, but in the instances where it affects younger people it tends to be more aggressive. This makes early detection an essential part of treating the disease within its onset stages.

It’s important to have a firm grasp of bodily knowledge, as the earliest stages of breast cancer usually come without pain. The most common indicator is the discovery of a lump, but cancer goes through multiple progressive stages before these lumps form. It may sometimes take years for lumps to develop, so people shouldn’t rely solely on lumps to indicate breast cancer, as they usually indicate an already progressive disease.

There are several signs that the American Cancer Society claim should be analyzed closely by a specialist. It is important to remember that these signs aren’t definitive proof of existing breast cancer. They can sometimes indicate smaller hormonal or health factors, so visiting an expert can clear any ambiguity. Some of the more obvious signs are:

  • Change in breast structure
  • Appearance of lumps
  • Changes in the skin or nipple

Here are a few of the sneakier breast cancer indicators that many people overlook:

1. Itchy breast, redness and pain

The American Cancer Society mentions that while the most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump, other possible symptoms include skin irritation and dimpling, as well as redness, scaliness or thickening of the breast skin.1

It’s common for breasts to be sore and sensitive during menstruation, but this symptom could mean something more serious if the sensitivity persists after that period. There may also be swelling involved with skin that is warm to the touch, indicating the less common (about 3% of cases) forms of inflammatory breast cancer.

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Cancer Research UK says that itchy breasts can be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer, however this is very rare. With this type of cancer, the area of skin over the tumor can become red, inflamed, painful and itchy.2

Inflammatory cancer may also cause swelling and pain in the chest. The skin may look scaly or have small blue marks similar to hemorrhages, somewhat like cellulite holes on the breast. Doctors on WebMD say that a reddish, pitted surface like the skin of an orange could be a sign of advanced breast cancer. They also mention a marble-like area under the skin or indentation on the breast, which may indicate a tumor that cannot be seen or felt.3

Some women misunderstand the above symptoms for an allergic reaction on their breasts. But it’s important to know that according to The National Cancer Institute, inflammatory breast cancer is characterized by a rapid development, with blocking lymph vessels in the skin of the breast which cause redness, warmth and sensitivity.4

2. Back pain

Patients may feel back pain in the upper back between the shoulder blades before any other sign of breast cancer reveals itself. The discomfort is usually attributed to muscle pain, inflammation of the spine or stretching the tendon and ligaments in the back.

It’s important to know that tumors will sometimes develop deep within the breast tissue of the chest and felt in the spine or ribcage. There is also the possibility of metasis, a malignant spreading of the disease to the ribs or spine. For example, The National Breast Cancer Foundation reports about a patient who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and suffered from a severe back pain.5

The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association reported that metastatic bone disease secondary to breast cancer is a common cause of low back pain. The report stressed the need for further imaging in patients with a history of breast cancer and whose physical examination and plain film radiographs are inconclusive or suspicious.6

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3. Pain and tenderness in the armpit

According to studies, the first place breast cancer spreads to is the axillary lymph nodes (or armpit lymph nodes). The axillary lymph nodes indicate breast cancer in the same way the lymph nodes in the neck and throat indicate a flu, making the axillaries an essential place for onset discovery. The journal of Clinical Oncology reported about the significance of axillary lymph node metastasis in primary breast cancer saying that axillary lymph node status is the single most important prognostic variable in the management of patients with primary breast cancer.7

The American Cancer Society says that sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collarbone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt.1 Therefore any pain or discomfort in the armpit is something that should definitely be tested and you should also be aware of the other causes of armpit pain.

The first thing to do is to compare the painful armpit to the other armpit. If the difference is persistently evident, it’s worth consulting an expert.

There is sometimes a hard lump that appears in the armpit and tissue surrounding it that won’t move when touched. There may also be tissue that is thicker and dense when compared with the other armpit. A sore spot could indicate many things that aren’t a tumor. But it never hurts to be safe and get a medical evaluation, as the underarm tissue does have a close connection to breast tissue.

Is armpit itching a sign of breast cancer?

The charity Cancer Research UK says that a rash and itching is more likely to be eczema or another skin condition rather than cancer. In very rare cases itchy armpits can be a sign of breast cancer, for example, inflammatory breast cancer, but it is usually accompanied by other symptoms.12

4. Nipple discharge or changes

One of the most common locations of breast cancer is beneath the nipple. The presence of a cancerous lesion may cause changes in appearance and sensitivity of the nipple. Different texture, color and shape might occur. The nipple may also feel much more tender and have an unusual texture. Some women describe a lack of sensitivity within the nipple, especially during intimate relations.

The American Cancer Society mentions nipple pain, nipple retraction (nipple that turns inward) and redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple as possible signs of breast cancer.1 WebMD also mentions itching, a burning sensation, or ulceration in the nipple.3

A discharge of clear liquid, blood, or milk that doesn’t happen during breast feeding might also be a sign of breast cancer. According to WebMD, unusual discharge from the nipple is usually caused by benign conditions, but may also indicate breast cancer in some cases, in which the discharge can be clear, bloody, or another color.3

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This happens when a tumor forms in the milk duct on the nipple or behind it. When this happens the skin jostles to one side, allowing the tumor to cause irritation and inflammation that results in an unusual discharge from the nipple. Medical evaluation and followups are needed for early detection, but it is important to remember that many tumors are harmless.

The Mayo Clinic also mentions Paget’s disease of the breast which is a rare form of breast cancer. Paget’s disease of the breast starts on the nipple and extends to the dark circle of skin around the nipple (areola). Mayo clinic reports that it’s easy to mistake the signs and symptoms of Paget’s disease of the breast for skin irritation (dermatitis) or another noncancerous (benign) skin condition.8  The skin around your areola may also become bumpy as your Montgomery glands become enlarged due to pregnancy or breast feeding.

5. Breast changing shape

Many women around the world believe that an easily visible and touchable lump close to the surface of the skin is a sign of a breast tumor. Far less women, however, report the fact that one breast has taken on an elliptical shape while the other remains normal.

Other women have reported the progression of breast tissue on one side of the breast, looking uneven. Some women notice a change in appearance and feel when they put a bra on. Many times it’s the spouse that notices these physical indicators instead of the patient.

The NHS says that a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts should be checked by your doctor.9

WebMD mentions that some of the signs of breast cancer are change in the size, contour, texture, or temperature of the breast, as well as an area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.3

Breast cancer Foundation NZ mentions that the change in the shape or size of your breast can include unexplained swelling or shrinkage of the breast, particularly in just one breast.10

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How to Preform Breast Self-Exam at Home

There has been some debate over the years regarding just how valuable breast self exam is in detecting the early stages of breast cancer and increasing the rate of survival. However many breast cancer organizations still believe that breast self exam is a useful strategy, especially when combined with regular physical exams by a doctor and screening methods.

The best way to detect the changes that aren’t associated with pain or strange sensations is by learning about the appearance and size of your breasts. Breast cancer organizations recommend sitting in front of a mirror and examine the structure of the breast. Use your hands to lift the breast and check the variability of skin stretching on both sides.

Don’t forget to do this often to make sure you don’t miss any sudden changes in appearance. Any of these symptoms should be analyzed by a medical professional for a conclusive diagnosis. If you are not professionally examined, you’ll be left in a worrying state of uncertainty. Hopefully everything is fine, but even if it isn’t, detecting breast cancer in the earlier stages could very well make your chances for survival exponentially better.

What is the best time to perform breast self-exam?

Many breast cancer organizations recommend to perform breast self-exams at least once a month. It is recommended to examine yourself several days after your period ends, when your breasts are least likely to be swollen and tender.11

Step by step guide on how to perform breast self exam at home:

Look at your breasts in the mirror – Position your shoulders straight and place your arms on your hips. See if your breasts have their usual size, shape, color and whether they have visible swelling or change in shape. Check that they don’t have dimpling or puckering of the skin, or that they became red, sore, swollen or have rash. Also check your nipples to see if they became inverted (pushed inward) or changed their position.

Raise your arms and look for the same changes. Squeeze the nipple and check if fluid comes out of one or both nipples. The discharge can be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood.

Check your breast when lying down – Use your right hand to feel your left breast and then vice versa. When feeling your breast with your hands, keep your fingers together and use the first few finger pads applying small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.

Check yourself in the shower – Many women find that it is easier to check for changes in the breast when their hands are wet and slippery with soap and water. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements as when lying down and check for any lumps or thickening in your underarm area too.

If you find something suspicious with your breast – don’t panic, as most of the lumps are not cancerous and many breast changes are not associated with cancer, but for your own peace of mind call your doctor if you have any concerns.

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Article Sources

  1. The American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms.
  2. Cancer Research UK. Can itching be a sign of breast cancer?
  3. WebMD. Understanding Breast Cancer – Symptoms.
  4. National Cancer Institute. Inflammatory Breast Cancer.
  5. National Breast Cancer Foundation. Metastatic Breast Cancer.
  6. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 1994 Sep; 38(3): 139–145.
  7. J Clin Oncol. 1999 Aug;17(8):2334-40.
  8. Mayo Clinic. Paget’s disease of the breast.
  9. NSH. Breast cancer (female) – Symptoms.
  10. Breast cancer Foundation NZ. Breast awareness – Real signs.
  11. Breastcancer.org. Breast Self-Exam (BSE)
  12. Cancer Research UK  Can itching be a sign of breast cancer?
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171 Responses to Discover the 5 Unconventional Signs of Breast Cancer

  1. Chrissie says:

    A big thank you for posting this . I have been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer x

    • Jenny says:

      I wish you a full recovery and a happy long and healthy life.

      • rub says:

        Hi i hv four month old baby n now i hv a pain in right breast.like a round stone when i touch it pains me a lot, i was sick for 2days of temp 103f.may b i was sick that gv me a pain n i am breast feeding baby when i breast feed him it doesnot pain at all.

    • Lynn says:

      I’m a four year survivor! Nothing was a scary as my imagination.I’m not saying its a piece of cake but not as bad as others have made it seem. The web can be scary. Wish you all the best.

    • leisa says:

      hi sorry to here i hope you are ok i had a episode that my right breast was red and swollen and very sore at the tip of my breast in the nipple area and now i had my period its fine no pain and its normal and no pain at all.I went for blood work and it was normal, Im not sure if I should go to my appointment or cancel it. Any help would be great.

      • Jenny says:

        I believe that if you have any doubt or concern, it’s always best to be on the safe side of things and see a doctor. It might be nothing to worry about, but why take any risks?

    • Sabrina says:

      Did your stomach and back warm as well? Compared to the rest of your body?

  2. jayita says:

    My Mother was detected with breast cancer and afterwords she was recovered completely by the Mamectomy followed by 6 chemotherapies in 2007.But in 2013 just after 5 years she was detcted with liver cancer.Though in complete medication and check up in 5 years the cancer came in liver.This time it was more dangerous and we could not save her live.

    • Jenny says:

      Sad to hear that.

    • Sandy says:

      My mother was exactly in the same case !!! After she was recovered completely by the mamectomy followed by chemotherapies and 5 years of homonotherapies. She stopped the homonotherapies and 1year after, she was detected with a liver cancer and a pancreas cancer. I think that the hormotherapy given after the breast cancer is not safe or it dont have to be stopped… She is died on February 2012, she was 70 years old !

  3. Mara says:

    I have develop a rash on my right breast and it itches pretty badly. It looks red and scaly. Also I’ve been experiencing nausea,dizziness, and I’m tired most of the time. I have a appointment to see a doctor next week. In the mean time, do you guys think that this could be breast cancer? My sister had it and she had a doble masectomy. Six year survivor.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Mara, only a professional health practitioner can diagnose cancer after making the required tests. It is good that you take care of your health and take fast actions. This is especially important when having a breast cancer history in the family, as early detection saves life. I wish you a great health and long and happy life.

  4. mary rose says:

    I feel something on my breast its like small stone i feel this in the year of 2004 im afraid to go to the doctor for check up but still i ddnt feel anything wrong bout my breast. Thank u

    • Jenny says:

      I can understand your fear, but it’s still necessary to be checked. It may not be cancerous, but you still need to know what it is. Don’t delay it anymore and go for a check up.

  5. eram says:

    i want to discuss my problem with you i have a clear difference in my size of breast and this problem exists from the time when i was a teenager now i am a married woman and i have three kids i consulted my gynaecologist she says nothing to worry about but now i am feeling alittle pain in my left side nipple is it a matter to worry now.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Eram, it is important to do periodical checks of your breast. Not every little pain indicates that something is necessarily wrong, but it is your health so for your peace of mind I think it’s important to talk to a doctor about it if this little pain continues. I am not a doctor and cannot diagnose problems, but your doctor can.

  6. Laura Connelly says:

    Thank you. I had issues with discharge and just got the all clear. Hormones!

  7. catherine davies says:

    I had a mammogram in november last year the results came back clear about 6wks later I started to get a discharge from my left breast I first noticed it when I took my bra off there was a stain. The discharge seems to be like lactation has been clear in colour but sometimes a green colour it seems to of settled down. Wouldn’t the mammogram have picked up anything being wrong ?

  8. Angel Jones says:

    Thank you for the information. I have been feeling pain in my right breast since last 8-9 months. It happens as if something has been piercing me from inside.It occurs twice in a fortdays or sometimes thrice in a month.I feel it on the side under my armpit.what do you think is it the sign of breast cancer?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Angel, only a professional health practitioner can perform the required tests to determine the cause of the symptoms. If it’s been going on for the last 8-9 I would go to talk to a doctor, as it is your health, and you need to know what’s the problem.

  9. ajoke says:

    I discovered that l had breast cancer have had surgery and chemotherapy is radiotherapy compulsory

    • Sonja says:

      No, but radiation is a piece of cake compared to Chemo…If you had lumpectomy or mastectomy…usualy have radiation if lumpectomy and if you have node involved you have both…..

  10. elsa says:

    i felt pain in my right breast, i went already to the doctor. the result i had a breast lump called fibroadenoma, they said nothing to worry about it. but when i feel the pain im still worried.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Elsa, there is quite a lot of information in the web about fibroadenoma. In many cases it’s not painful and doesn’t require treatment, but it is recommended to tell your doctor if it becomes painful.

  11. Angie says:

    I went for my annual mammogram and they found on my right breast 1 area of invasive ductile carcinoma and another area that was the beginning of cancer. They caught both early I only had to have surgery, radiation and Tamoxifen. 6 months after I finished my radiation I once again had my annual mammogram and low and behold they found cancer on my left breast both cancers are invasive and also estrogen and progesterone positive . My first thought was to have a double mastectomy, my oncologist did not recommend it because I have fibromyalgia and would be in pain and it did not decrease my chances of getting it again.

    I had no symptoms the cancer was caught by mammogram and biopsy only. I hated getting mammograms because for me they are very painful and I kept putting it off and if my doctor hadn’t made me walk outside of the clinic to a mobile mammogram van I would have not found it the first time. Ladies take care of you breasts and dont take chances like I did I put off my mammogram over a year and it could have cost me my life.

    Cancer runs very high in my family so I took 2 genetics test that showed negative for the brca 1 & 2 and I also came back negative for a whole list of cancers which is very concerning to me since I am negative and have had breast cancer twice in less than a year. I now have to go every 6 months for a mammogram and I am due in August, I am so scared to go get another one, but I will cause for me it can mean life or death for me.

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you Angie for sharing your experience and encouraging other women to get checked. We all wish you a great health and long and happy life!

    • Sonja says:

      Your BC was a Reacurance of the former BC if it was in the same breast….Dr.told me that same cancer could come back 1yr or 20yr. It will never be considered cured….at one time they said at 5 years you can considered cured, but that is no longer true!….SAD TO SAY…..

  12. Amaka says:

    I felt something in my breast in d year 2004,i went to hospital and d doctor said its normal breast tissue. Last month i felt pains in my both breast, saw d doctor and after examining me said that there is nothing wrong with my breast,that he cant find any lump. He said d pain is as a result of tight bra and a metal on d bra. I ve gone to see three different doctors and they they couldnt find anything. My question is : can one have breast cancer without a lump; is there any diagnostic tests u think i should go for to further confirm i ve no problem.

    • Jenny says:

      Breast cancer is not all about lumps. Lump is an obvious symptom that needs further investigation, but other changes less obvious also need attention. The main screening methods are mammogram, ultrasound and MRI. Read about each and every one of them in the American Cancer Society website – http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-diagnosis.

    • Ava Williams says:

      I had breast pain before and got checked. The doctor said I had fibrocystic breast tissue and sometimes when my hormones fluctuated it caused breast pain. My gynecologist recommended wearing an exercise support bra (soft with no wires) to bed at night and my general doctor recommended that I take a calcium supplement every night. I did both and after about a week it seemed fine and the pain went away. Apparently chocolate and/or caffeine can also create breast pain in some women with fibrocystic breast tissue. Whenever you are in doubt though you should be sure to have a doctor check it out and don’t guess or take chances.

  13. menyl says:

    What about bilatoral mastitis??? Can it be the cause of cancer??

  14. luqman says:

    Thank you for the information.

  15. asm says:

    Hi Jenny
    I am a mother of 1.5 years kid and my child only feeds from one side of my breast since birth. Now i feel pain and stretch on my backbone and armpits of my non-feeding side breast. I manually suck milk from non-feeding side and feels relax after that.
    I want to check whether its smthing wrong or I need to consult doctor for pain or it will resolve when I stop feeding my kid after few months.

  16. kat says:

    hii am 38 years old i had a baby 14 years ago recently i have discovered a milky discharge frm my right nipple i have pain sometimes is this any thing to be worried about

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Kat, this is not necessarily something to worry about but you still need to go to the doctor to get a proper diagnosis.

  17. ladiespk says:

    thank you very much. very informative articles thanks for sharing

  18. Hi..im having a stone like growth in my right breast …it pains in between and at times i get discharge.. Why is it so? Is it any symptom of cancer ?

  19. luisa says:

    i had felt a sTone like something in mY left breast from since 2 years
    can you please suggest me what tO do..??
    what will be their result if it is ignored by me…

  20. luisa says:

    tnQ sO muxx fo d suggestiOn jennY

  21. Milany says:

    I’ve been having pain and itching from my left shoulder blade to my left breast. The pain is very uncomfortable to the point that I don’t want to wear a bra. Sometimes I get very sharp pains around my breast close to my arm pits and I don’t know what to do. I know that this is something I need to get checked but I’m terrified that is something serious like cancer or something else.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Milany, feeling scared is very natural in this case. But remember that not every pain means cancer – it can be many other things. However you still need to find what it is and be on the safe side of things. If you don’t check it, you will still feel scared. So check it now, and of course we all wish you good results, fantastic health and long and happy life!

  22. krish says:

    I have tumour called accessory breast tumour with fat tissue in right under arms and got operated before couple of years. Now again in the same place tumour arise… I feel worried and doubted it may be cancer tissue…Do u have answers for this..

  23. gizmo_48401 says:

    i had pre brest cancer back in 2008 I elected to have a lumpendectomy with no chemo or radiaton 4 weeks ago I found a small BB like lump in the affected side and then in the non affectoed side I found a mutch larger hard lump I watched it for a week called my doc he sent me straigt to the sergon he set me up for a mamo gram that came back neg the nures ther also did a clinicl exam and did feal the 2 lums I was worried about im set up to see the sergon Thursday and have a ultra sound but to im trying to decied if becau I had it b4 can I just get the elective double mastectomy or are thy going to argue this because im only 39 so this is my strugel right now I am all the soule serving parent to 3 children

  24. Ethel Moyo says:

    i had a breast discharge – brown for nearly a year!! Been to the doctors and tested the discharge 4 times all come back negative !! It followed with a lump and biopsy taken twice the second time was told it was positive for cancer!!! Had chemo – 6 cycles followed by surgery – partial and followed by radiotherapy in 2012. Am now on tamoxifen since February 2012.. Should I stop now cause of scare of getting other types of cancers???

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Ethel, this is something you need to discuss with your doctor. I’ve seen in some references that you may need to keep using this medication for up to 5 years, but you need to follow the instructions given by your doctor.

  25. LEAN FORWARD AND LOOK BACK! This simple addition to self examination would have helped me to detect my cancer much sooner. I noticed that my naturally larger breast seemed to be sitting a bit lower but hey, I’m in my 50’s, so that wouldn’t be a surprise, right? When I saw the MRI results (taken lying face down in the machine) I was struck by how much larger my left breast had become. Sure enough, when I bent forward and looked back at my breasts it was clear that something was wrong. I now tell all my friends to add this to their monthly self-check.

  26. Annie says:

    I’m 18 and I just discovered a lump in my breast. I’m so scared

  27. Uma Magge says:

    This discussion forum is really good to spread the awareness.

  28. aysha says:

    hi my one breast is in normal shape but the other one is vary lose .whan i waer bra its look vary bad. is it danguras .my age is 40.

    • Jenny says:

      I always say that if you suspect something is wrong, go to see the doctor. I don’t know if it was always like that or you suddenly noticed a change. It may not be something dangerous, but you want to be on the safe side of things, so best to talk to your doctor.

  29. Najmee says:

    hi jenne,I am 38yrs old, married,have one girl of 13 yrs,I am noticing change in size of my breast,this difference was there when I was teen ager.now I am having pain in my back shoulders and some time in spines. Is this serious?

    • Jenny says:

      I always say that if you feel something suspicious, it’s best to see a doctor and be on the safe side of things. It might not be something serious, but I’m not a doctor and cannot diagnose health issues. Why take any risks? I believe any pain deserves the attention of a professional medical practitioner for a proper diagnosis.

  30. Ashley Smith says:

    I have been having soreness in my left breast for the past few weeks. It’s sore when touched and if I touch it too much, it feels like a numbing/tender sensation. It’s difficult to explain. I can’t feel any lumps. At first, I thought it was from lifting weights, but it’s not subsiding and it’s only on the left. I’m only 22, won’t have insurance for another month yet. It’s starting to concern me.

  31. Ashley Smith says:

    I wonder if this is something that the ER could perform tests on or if they would just tell me to see ny gynecologist. I would take the outrageous hospital for a piece of mind, rather than wait for i insurance to kick in next month

  32. Cheng says:

    I hurt under arm before period. Is it consider as cancer or not?

    • Jenny says:

      I have read that the most common type of breast pain is associated with the menstrual cycle and is nearly always hormonal. Some women begin to have pain around the time of ovulation which continues until the beginning of their menstrual cycle. The pain can either be barely noticeable or severe. The pain may be felt in only one breast or may be felt as a radiating sensation in the underarm region. BUT – you must remember that I’m not a doctor and cannot give specific advice. I believe your condition is something that should be discussed with your doctor. Best to be on the safe side of things and address the issue with a professional health practitioner.

  33. Patricia Davis says:

    No one ever told me that an odd *flat* spot on a breast could mean breast cancer. Thank heaven I was curious enough about it to call my gynecology NP about it, because it was cancer. Now I try to tell all the women I can reach about this overlooked symptom.

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Patricia, I just recently got an odd red spot on my breast beside my nipple. It is flat, not itchy and about the size of a dime. My doctor said it was Eczema, which I have never had and it didn’t look like Eczema. Mine sounds just the way you described your’s. Should I go back and ask for an ultrasound? Had a Mammogram July 15th of this year and it was clear. Worried from Toronto. Thanks. Cathy

      • Pamela Kidd says:

        Cathy, If I were you I would have it checked out. I have been doing extensive reading on breast cancer on many forums. Many women have had the same symptoms as you, and unfortunately ended up with cancer (some did not, but some did). If you have dense breasts, you need to have an MRI too. I am not sure though if an MRI will detect Inflammatory Breast Cancer. I am not sure if an Ultrasound will detect it either. I DO THINK I read that if you get a special Breast Ultrasound (Diagnostic), it will pick up Inflammatory Breast Cancer much more likely than a regular Breast Ultrasound. Even then, like I said from what I heard many tests (Mammogram, Ultrasound or MRI) cannot detect Inflammatory Breast Cancer. From what I read the BEST method to detect whether or not you have Inflammatory Breast Cancer is a biopsy. I have read on forums where MANY women only had the symptom of a small red spot on their breast, and nothing else (no lumps or anything). Nothing would have showed up on a Mammogram if it was Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Cathy, please get a biopsy, if an MRI and a Diagnostic Ultrasound comes back clear, just to be on the safe side. Better more tests and safe than sorry. Pamela

  34. lucy William says:

    my breast’s nipple is very lose it sometime pushed inside and looks Like that i have no nipple which is unusual. is it a symptom of breast cancer?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Lucy, you may have an inverted nipple which is a condition where the nipple, instead of pointing outward, is retracted into the breast. I have read that inverted nipples on one or both sides are quite common and not typically associated with cancer if you have always had them. However if the inversion came about over the course of several weeks or months, then this is reason for concern and you should consult with a doctor as some cancers involving the breast ducts can cause retraction of the ducts, leading to nipple retraction. Read more here.

  35. Lucy William says:

    Good to hear that! well i have this problem since i had started wearing bras and hope that i will not going to face any difficulty while feeding my babies in future due to my inverted nipples.

  36. Lucy William says:

    Good to hear that! but i have this problem since i started wearing bras and hope that i will not going to face any difficulty in future to feed my babies. Is this problem due to putting bras on my boulder?

    • Jenny says:

      Sometimes the pressure of your bra can cause the nipple to invert. The pressure form you bra is just pushing it in, but as long as it comes back out on its own, then there is usually no concern. Usually you worry if it stays retracted and does not come back out, since that can be a sign of something going on with the breast tissue. So if you are worried and want to be on the safe side of things, it’s not a bad idea to get it checked out.

  37. Sunny Holmes says:

    I have a lump in my left breast that they say is probably fibroadenoma.. I have had ultra sound and mammogram on it. When I went for a biopsy the doctor couldn’t ‘catch’ it as it was moving around so much. She sent me to a surgeon for possible removal and biopsy. He agreed that it was probably nonmalignant yet he still recommended removal because it had a certain hardness. I have CFS and also have had 7 spinal compression fractures and after the failed biopsy I seemed to have got another one. I’m wary of the surgery for that reason of a strain on my system. I’m 70 yrs. old. Have an appointment in a month to see the surgeon again for re-evaluation. I have none of the other symptoms you mentioned except it gets tender from time to time. Just would like your candid impression. Thanks.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sunny, unfortunately I’m unable to advice as I’m not a doctor or a certified health professional, hence I don’t have the in-depth knowledge required in this case. Probably the best thing to do if you have any concerns is to receive a second opinion from another trusted specialist before doing any surgery.

  38. Sara says:

    Well… One should gets a proper check up to avoid the breast cancer

  39. amanda says:

    hi, i am 28 with two children. i am not on any bc or hormones. about 6 months ago i found a lump on my right breast after noticing a change in density and size. i was seen by a dr who seemed concerned. he sent me to have a mamogram but i was told by the tech i am too young so an ultrasound was done instead. it came back normal. te dr made a follow up for 6mths but now only a few weeks since my first appt my breast is gettin a burning sensation. only family history was my great grandmother. what should i do now?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Amanda, if I were you, I would try to make the follow up appointment earlier rather than wait for several months. Also you can get a second opinion from another specialist. In any case it seems that you have an issue that requires a quick medical check so it’s best to see a doctor as soon as you can. If you cannot make the follow up appointment earlier, then go to another specialist. It’s best to be on the safe side of things. You may also want to ask the specialist about MRI scanning, and if it’s suitable for your case.

    • Jami says:

      Hi Amanda, I know it’s been q freq months some your post on here but I wanted to tell you know top NEVER let anyone tell you that you are too young for breast cancer or any other type cancer or illness!! The tech shouldn’t have been allowed to make that call if you had orders from a Dr for a mammogram. I was diagnosed with Stage I Breast Cancer (estrogen positive—meaning the cancer fed off estrogen) at the often deemed “too early for breast cancer age” of 29. I had 2 children, youngest only 2yrs old.
      I’m just letting you and everyone else know that with the many many carcinogens that are put in the foods we eat, the things we drink and even the air we breath nowadays, I’ve read that there are cases of women getting breast cancer as young as 13!!!
      If I had listened to everyone around me, including my mother, at the time I discovered my lump (NO other distinguishing signs off cancer besides a lump and fatigue), I might not be alive today!! Being so young and estrogen positive, I opted for a bilateral mastectomy…removing BOTH breasts and underwent 6months of hard chemo. Was put on tamoxifen after chemo, but after finding cancerous lesions on cervix, underwent a total hysterectomy, but wound up having to leave cervix due to it being fused to my bladder…eh.
      After hysterectomy and doing my homework, I decided to come off the tamoxifen after only 1yr of it.
      ****WOMEN EVERYWHERE****
      Do not EVER let ANYONE tell you you’re too young, you’re crazy, etc for thinking you may have cancer. If you only have 1 sign, do whatever it takes to get the correct tests to check. If you don’t like the first opinion….you don’t have to settle, go get a second opinion!
      Sorry so lengthy, just very adamant about women standing for themselves and NOT settling!!
      Good Luck to you all.

      • Jami says:

        please excuse my misspelling…lol
        *Thanks autocorrect….
        🙂

      • Vanessa says:

        Rock on! Thanks for sharing your story and your mission. May you continue in radiant health.

        I’m hear because I’ve had this pain in the skin on the side of my left breast. And now across my shoulder blades. And it’s weird and unnerving. And I have a 15-month old so.
        I’ll be calling to schedule a check up in the morning.

        Here’s to health for us all!
        Vanessa

      • danielle says:

        You rock ma’am! I’m 29 with a 3 year olf and going through this process now and so far no mammogram reason being ‘too young’. Already had one ultrasound(negative) and going for a second opinion with a specialist the end of the month.

      • Tomi Jo says:

        I’ve had my Dr’s tell me I’m too young for breast cancer (age 38). I’ve had breast lumps for 2 1/2 years now. They have gotten worse and more painful over the years. Now I could be facing breast cancer.

      • Nicole says:

        I am 29 with two kids and have been dealing with this for the past five years of too young and just cysts. Had my second mammogram and ultrasound in 1 year period found multiple cysts but said soils mass beside them on right breast. I am scheduled for a sterotatic biopsy to find out so I am super worried.

  40. jiya says:

    my sister have lumps in her breast….1 in right and 2 in left… now a days she have pain alot… she become weak day by day… is she have cencer ? plz tel me i m so tensed..

    • Jenny says:

      I am not a doctor and can cannot diagnose health issues. Your sister needs to see a doctor for a check-up and a proper diagnosis.

  41. patty says:

    I went for ultrasound and the result state questionable fibroadenoma at my left breast. when I take the result to the doctor he said that the size of the lump is too small for operations rather he gave me drugs I ve finish taken the drugs and the pains underarm and upper back is still there.pls what should I do now? i’m 34yrs old thanks.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Patty, fibroadenomas are benign (non-cancer) tumors. According to the American Cancer Society, a biopsy (removing tissue to be checked under a microscope) is needed to know if a tumor is a fibroadenoma. I don’t know if you’ve done a biopsy in addition to the scanning, but if you feel pain and haven’t done a biopsy, talk to your doctor about it or go to get a second opinion.

  42. tammera says:

    The side of my breast hurt and really bad pains in my shoulder blades, feels like my back needs to be popped back in place should I be concerned about this????

    • Jenny says:

      Not every pain is a matter of concern, but when you describe it as a “really bad pain”, then it is somethings that should be checked by a doctor. Bad pain indicates that something is wrong and there can be several reasons for that so a professional diagnosis is important.

  43. patty says:

    thanks Jenny, i’m going to see another specialist doctor on Monday 1/6/15. since the formal couldn’t give me positive drugs or remove the tumor. thanks once again. i’ll give you feedback later bye.

  44. Megan says:

    Get it before it gets you. I let it go w these symptoms and it was stage 3 w Mets to lymph nodes. If you’re feeling discomfort under your arm run don’t walk to your doctor. Even she missed the lumps because they were small but numerous. I knew I left going to my doctor too long when I saw the look of absolute terror on the radiologists face during my first and only mammogram. Please don’t let this be you. I never believed it could be me

    • Erinnchip says:

      I have serious concern because I have a been overlooked by two doctors in the past year regarding my breast lump and symptoms. Recently I began having severe back sholder and neck pain that hurts so bad it making it hard for me to function. I’m so worries that I have mets… I made my doctor schedule me an ultrasound. Although, She didn’t seem concerned when I told her my symptoms. (Clearly because of my age I’m 24) I realize I am going to have to be persistent to get some answers.

  45. Maritza cruz LEWIN says:

    I’ve all need to get mammograms regardless I went for check ups yearly and on 2006 was diagnosed with stage 3 , never fell any of those symptoms today I’m cancer free dealing with a brain tumor , but every day I celebrate life and happy and enjoying the time I have left on this earth .

    • Macy says:

      Im sory to hear that. Hope you’ll be healed IN JESUS NAME! Amen… Don’t lose hope and faith… 🙂 God is good all the time…

  46. swati dabeli says:

    Hi my age is 20 years old n iam unmarried girls ..i have lots of pain in mu boobs…wht is mean..i that i hve a breast cancer

    • Jenny says:

      I suggest that you visit a doctor for a check up – it can be many things, so it needs a proper diagnosis from a professional health care practitioner.

  47. Chloe says:

    I am a fourteen year old female, well who’s turning fifteen in September and I was curious. I know it is rare for a young person to have breast cancer but.. this entire year and maybe the summer of last year, my breasts have been so itchy and sometimes have this stinging sensation (like a bee sting) that pops out of no where. My breasts (mainly my right) is red, warm and has the itching pain. Recently, I used my left hand and gently prodded my (right) breasts cup and continued to prod traveling up the side of my rib and to my armpit and my shoulder, there is a bruising kind of feeling. I just ended my period, so I am thinking my body is feeling like that because of my period but jeez, the bruise feeling really hurts, I began to feel for the left side, I felt no pain on the cup of my left but as I start to begin on the side of my ribs, I cringe and nearly moan in pain. My right boob is just really the one I seem to always scratch. I have not talked to my mother yet because I am afraid I will let her worry for nothing if it does turn out to be nothing.

    • Jenny says:

      I understand you don’t want to worry your mother but why take any risk? It’s best to be on the safe side of things and talk to a doctor.

  48. Macy says:

    Hi, Im 21. Recently had breast ultrasound and results were clear.However, I’m still wondering why one of my breast is strangely softer than the other. Also, when lying down, the softer one seems to have deep spot in it. Is it normal because Im fat and I have like formed fats i my body which are not distributed well? Also, are raised pimples in the middle of cleavage normal?

  49. Macy says:

    Hi, when lying down, one of my breast has this deep surface. I wonder if it has something to do with uneven distribution of fats because Im obese.

  50. Dharshi says:

    Hi..im 25 years old.having pain in left breast,upper back and ribs for almost 6 months.breast pains only after wearing tight dress or bra.And pain is only under the breast.pain in ribs while taking deep breath.and also spreaded pain in upper back and ribs when I sleep on left side.I consulted gyno and took ultrasound before 4 months, everything came normal with more fat content is seen.I consulted 4 doctors and they said everything is normal.
    Also Consulted ortho,he took xrays and he also said everything is ok and said it may be costocondritis.bt still it pains.now sometimes getting sharp pains in breast when touched or pressed.I dont know what to do.it makes me sick.

  51. Brenda says:

    Hey everyone! I’ve got myself scared half to death! Today when I was getting dressed, I noticed the areola around my left nipple was oblong. It has not been like that until today or maybe yesterday. I showed it to my husband for his opinion and he agreed that it was in fact oblong. By the way, I am 57. I just had my yearly gyn visit last week and she had nothing remarkable about my breasts. Like I said, I’m scared half to death now and don’t know what to do. I know worrying about it isn’t helping, but that’s all I have done since I noticed it. Anyone else have anything like this to happen?

  52. Erin says:

    so here goes nothing….I’m 40 yrs old I have 5 kid-0’s my list of what I like to call “CRAP” is long. So what I have been diagnosed with ( so far ). I have FACTOR V ( blood clotting disorder ), celiac disease. just want to point out I love gluten and that makes life that much harder. Why in the world is gluten free foods so much more expensive and tastes so much like crap, cardboard if you will!? Make gluten free affordable for poor people. And lupus good ol’ lupus this list just keeps getting better and better. It’s safe to say I was hit with the crap end of the genetic gene pool. I’ve been permanently disabled since age 29 due to having DDD DJD ( degenerative disc disease in my spine ) and (degenerative joint disease). Spinal fusion lumbar x3 cervical disc replacement x2. I am putting of joint replacement in knees and ankles. Another words I have the bones of an 80 yr old at the rip old age of 40! So any who enough of my medical crap history. When I got the RX of celiac disease they told me I have to swallow a camera to check if I have lymphoma ( are you freaken kidding me? ) GREAT NEWS,THANKS! And now I went to docs cause I have this funky red itchy as heck rash growing on top of my left boob. It’s driving me nuts! You get so crazy about itching it to relieve it you don’t care about being in public! Men I feel ya on this one… I have now become a public itcher! You gotta itch? Scratch it! Screw it! Not only that but my left boob is quite larger then the right, great looks like I got a boob job but could only afford on implant. Lord have mercy can u picture it yet? Not pretty! I have sore spots under my left arm pit to the point wearing a bra is hurting it I have sore tender areas on the upper left back side of rib cage. Sore meaning if I touch it and move my hand away it’s like I can still feel the pain it’s almost like a sharp stabbing pain. I have cystic breast so lumps are something I’m use to but I have several that are painful and some that differ in size from pea to half dollar my husband counted 8 I also have them along the boob line on rib cage and in the upper front chest wall and under arm pit. No I haven’t been sick, no I am not due to get periods yet I’m in happy stage of the month! I haven’t taken antibiotics and I didn’t have any injuries to the area or surrounding area. I also have noticed that my left rib cage is larger then my right. I have had a couple time when I need to use my inhaler cause my chest just felt tight and hard to take a breath hurt more like it. Anyway I have read may comments and very very rarely do you get someone that say they will go to docs get checked out and follow up on there comments. So I just wanted to make a note and give y’all a follow up after my doctors appointment and tell ya how things went I’m crossing my finger that I’ll just be diagnosed as CRAZY! But at least you’ll know the end result. Oh and I have always had regular check up and mammograms. So crossing my fingers (toes, legs, eyes) for a healthy outcome. Until then I hope everyone fines peace and comfort God bless.

  53. saira raza says:

    im 38 years old my right breast is quit a bit bigger than left one i just notice last week also in December i have fever and and take some antibiotic during shower i fond bleeding from my right breast they did mammogram but it was clear on that time please advice me right now i have a pain and that breast is look quit a bit abnormal than the left one .

  54. Lacey says:

    I have had a lump under my armpit for 4 months it doesn’t move when u try to move it, and it has gotten a little bigger , so I went to the doctor and was prescribed antibiotics for 14 days it still didn’t go away , I was scheduled a biopsy in a week and a half in the mean time I am on two more antibiotics and it hasn’t done anything to it, I’m concerned it is cancer since its on my lymph nodes , has anyone else has this problem , or think it is cancer ?

    • Tomi Jo says:

      I’ve had my Dr’s tell me I’m too young for breast cancer (age 38). I’ve had breast lumps for 2 1/2 years now. They have gotten worse and more painful over the years. Now I could be facing breast cancer. I have two axillary lymph nodes swollen. I am sick alot with pain and fever, headaches,nausea.

  55. aliyha says:

    hi, been reading all the posts and doing alot og searching and im inbetween if i should go see a doc or not, i have 5 children and breastfed all.. so my risk should be less, but i have a very strong family history of cancer.. my last check was about 2 years ago, all ok… few days ago i decided to do a self check, and man are breast confusing… this is what i found.. my right nipple sinks in a bit, but slightly and above that i have a dent in the beast tissue and harding of the skin above the dent.. then on my left side i found a small hard ball inside the bottom of the nipple… i am not sure is it from breastfeeding? should i just see after a few months ?ignore it? or see a doc?? im so confused? thanks

    • Jenny says:

      It’s always a good idea to raise your concerns with your doctor to be on the safe side of things – why take any risk? It might be nothing to be worried about, but you don’t want to ignore things or do a self diagnosis in such cases.

    • Jami says:

      I personally think that is another misconception of breast cancer, the breastfeeding part.
      I breastfed both children, NO history of breast cancer anywhere in my family, and was 29yrs old when diagnosed with breast cancer.
      **Density. You should all get familiar with that word, due to the simple fact that breast density can hinder a mammograms results. You should find out if you have dense breast tissue and if so, be sure to have it documented, also be sure to tell mammography tech.
      Small things make large impacts when your health is at stake.

  56. Suzette Campos says:

    I have had a reddish purple
    spot on my left breast for 5 months now. Saw the Dr. Said it was inflammed follicle amd they gave me antibiotics and cream. The cream has helped a little but it’s still there. No big changes. Can this be IBC? Or would I of already seen more symptoms within the 6 months??

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Suzette, don’t be embarrassed to raise your concerns in front of a doctor. Also it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion from another doctor and see what he/she has to say about your concerns.

  57. Erinnchipn says:

    I have had a small lump in my right breast for two years. I had it examines when I first noticed it and the doc said it was nothing to worry about. This year I went of bc pill and my breast grew a whole cup size. They also became very painful and the lump in my right breast grew and bus very tender to the toutch. I let it go for a while but now I have been having some very concerning symptoms such as severe pain in my back shoulders and neck that hurts so back it makes it hard to function. I went back to the doctor a week ago and she still seemed apathetic to my plite. I have an ultrasound today. I’m just so scared that I waiting to long and I have a more serious problem on my hands.. I’m 24 years old so I wrote of my symptoms for prob way to long.. Well I have the ultra sound today but I need some real answers ASAP I might visit a different doctor because I can’t go on living like this…

    • Jenny says:

      If your doctor seems apathetic to your concerns, don’t be embarrasses to raise your concerns in front of another doctor who will listen to you and will have a better attitude. It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion from another doctor. Hope all goes well with your ultrasound.

  58. Beth says:

    How/when would you determine that back pain could be cancer?? I have the back pain ask the time, but just medicate. Never thought it could be anything but poor/sore muscles… Also, at what age do you recommend getting mammograms? I’m 35

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Beth, there is no easy answer for that. According to Cancer Reaserch UK, many of these general symptoms (like back pain) are the same as for common illnesses and may not be due to breast cancer. Many times the pain is more likely to be caused by something like a muscle strain for example. They recommend that if you have symptoms you are worried about that have lasted for more than a week or two, discuss them with your GP. As for mammograms, read my article about 5 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Mammograms. The most important thing is to discuss your special circumstances with your doctor (for example if there is a family history) so he/she can establish the right screening method for you and the age you should start doing the tests.

  59. Carol says:

    hi im 20yrs old and i’ve noticed that there is a lump on my right breast beside the nipple.and i examined it with my hands today it has a circle like something inside.it felt hard.i was shocked.maybe that is why it’s itching sometimes.im afraid to tell my mom.and im afraid to go to the doctor as well.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Carol, not every lump is cancerous and it might be a cyst (read my article about breast lumps). However your lump needs medical evaluation to be sure it’s not cancer. You really need to see a doctor – I understand it is very stressful, but not doing anything and ignoring the issue will be even more stressful. You don’t want to risk your health. Better to tackle the issue now that regretting later.

  60. Meerusha says:

    Hi. I am 20 right now and i am having this breast pain almost for past 6 years. I dun really feel any lump in it but the pain is really terrible. sometimes, my breast is warm when touch, red and swolle and even heavier. I have consult almost 4 doctors regarding this pain but they said there is really nothing but the pain is getting more terrible and yeah one more!!! the pain of back shoulder is getting worse together with the pain of breast

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Meerusha, have the doctors sent you to do some screening tests? have they told you why you have the pain? I’m not a doctor and can’t really give a specific advice, and I don’t know what these doctors have told you, but you don’t need to feel embarrassed to get an answer as to what the reason of the pain is and why it continues for so long. Find a specialist that will take your complains seriously and provide you with some diagnosis and explanation.

  61. Faridah says:

    i am 15yrs old,i feel somthing like a stone in my breast and its painful its kind of connected to my armpit,i’m really scared..

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Faridah, not every lump in the breast is cancerous, so don’t panic. However don’t neglect it. Go with your parents to your doctor to discuss your concerns and get a proper diagnosis.

  62. ellaomena says:

    i have this sharp pain that comes and go to my both breast for 7 days, then a mild back pain im so worried about it, my last menstruation was sept 3 but the pain exist on sept 16 not related, but when it reaches 5 days the pain get lesser , no lumps size dont even change, just sharp pain 1st day almost 10x pain each pain last just 2-5 seconds then everyday the pain get lesser but still existing.help me.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Ellaomana, unfortunately I’m unable to help in your specific case as I’m not a doctor. You need a proper medical consultation to find the cause of the pain. Visit your doctor who knows your medical history and can perform some tests if needed.

  63. Emma says:

    Hi all my partner found a large lump on my right breast (armpit side) went to the doctor she checked it and said herself it was large but kept saying erm erm like she was confused she has asked me to go back and see her in 2 weeks before she refers me to the breast clinic in the last few days I have been experiencing pain in the top of my left arm near to armpit and also use to experience a lot of pain in my back shoulder blade not sure what all these signs are or if it just me being silly any advice would be great full thanks x

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Emma, breast lump is not necessarily a tumor (read my article about Breast Lumps – What They Are and Their Warning Signs), however you need to see a specialist as your lump needs medical evaluation to be sure it’s not cancer. The specialist may take a needle biopsy of the lump in order to determine whether it is cystic in nature, and may order a screening test in order to get a clear image of the breast tissue.

  64. Courtney says:

    I have had recurring breast pain and burning in my Right breast for nearly two years now. I’ve had mammos and ultra sounds and have been told to just monitor it at first every 6 months due to a lesion they had found to now yearly. 8 months ago I always felt like I was leaking breast milk, my breast always feels gorged, and during an exam I actually had present discharge. He said if it wasn’t bloody to not really be concerned as my scans have not changed. I know that they have said everything is ok, but sometimes it’s so hard to believe them. Especially when the pain rarely goes away, sometimes I feel like my armpit is swollen that I can not put my arm down. I am due for my repeat mammo and ultrasound in Jan.
    I also don’t understand why do they tell you about the bi-rads and where they’ve categorized you at? They’ve put me at a 3, which then makes it even worse. I just feel like I should get a 2nd option? I know what I’ve been told but maybe then being told twice I’ll be ok. And that makes me feel bad because here are all these women battling breast cancer already, but this seriously could just drive someone insane. With all the facts and possibilities it literally could hurt you more.
    Thank you. And prayers to all of you battling Breast cancer! Keep Fighting!!

  65. Latisha says:

    I have had a rash on the back of my neck and on my right breast. the areas have been there for over a year and itch like crazy. the one on my neck is like small welpy bumps mostly the color of my skin and with scratching does end up a lil flaky. the one on my breast started about 1 in in diameter and has been a reddish rash with bumps and flaky from the start. it is almost like a dry patch now with itchiness and has gotten larger spreading more toward my nipple area. the bumps are gone but it is still a dry reddish area. I have been nauseated on and off and fatigued all the time. I have had a mammogram done they said the areas are fib. and are common. but something is not right I feel the difference in my body and was wondering if you can shed some light for me

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Latisha, I am not a doctor and cannot give specific advice, but I can refer you to read more about Fibrocystic Breasts, causes, symptoms and treatment options. You can have a look at WebMD website, Mayo Clinic website and Medicinenet for more information.

  66. dara says:

    I’m a girl of 24 by march next year, Virgin. I always have breast pain whenever I pull off my bra, have visible black lumps around my nipple but its been there ever since I can recall having breast, but nothing much of a change in my breast except full grown whenever I want to have my period. Is this something to worry about?

    • Jenny says:

      It is common for some women to have breast changes around the period time. According to National Cancer Institute, before or during your periods, your breasts may feel swollen, tender or painful. You may also feel one or more lumps during this time because of extra fluid in your breasts. These changes usually go away by the end of your menstrual cycle. Because some lumps are caused by normal hormone changes, your doctor may have you come back for a return visit at a different time in your menstrual cycle to make sure everything is fine. In any case, I’m not a doctor and cannot give specific advice, so if you want to be on the safe side of things, it’s best to see a doctor for your peace of mind.

  67. Ashleigh says:

    Hi I’m ash on my right Niple I have the colour of brown underneath the Niple which it looks a bit like bruising but it doesn’t hurt and one looks like a scar and then it has the colour of brown around it and the other one is underneath my Niple and it doesn’t look like a scar it just looks brown could this be a sign of cancer?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Ash, it might be nothing to be worried about, but if these changes haven’t been there before, it’s always a good idea to show them to your doctor to be on the safe side of things.

  68. vera says:

    hi I have a stone like thing a little bigger than a bean on my armpit and it pains all the time.somtims It comes to the right and disappear to the left.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Vera, it might be nothing to be worried about, but to be on the safe side of things show it to your doctor – don’t take any risk.

  69. jenifer ndidi says:

    hi am 25 yrs up to be 26 on apriel nd a mother of akid of 4 yrs 3mnths. I used to have pain on my right breast when I was nt married,but it comes one wk bf my period after three days of my period it will go
    since den up still now almost d same ,after my child birth I lost my period for 9 mnths I bleast free,son now am seeing again smith like small kernel nd lumps inside my right breast, I went too see an oncologist he sent me to mamography nd ultrasound ,I did dat was last yr september notfn is found inch mamograph net utrasound say dat Its a skyte ,so myself doctor prrscribe progester gel too use for 2mnths after it continue with d pain bf my period he sent me for second ulrasound d ball still as it is.he give me ibrofen it still be ,he told me dat I should become pregnant bf all dat pain will desapear
    but am still worry bcs I may convive after birth it will turn to another thing . d doctor say it is normal.I ask him y nt all woman it says dat is a hormon, pls try to let me known what next to do pray should I

    Go nd have another test dat pas mamo or is it a cancer

  70. swats says:

    hi iam swats,im just 28,i have little swelling on my left shuolder from 1 nd half year.but now it growing little.iam getting pain left shoulder.iam getting tension.if anyone suggest me.which doctor i have to consult.how much it will cost.please anyone can reply.

    thanks in advance

    • Jenny says:

      You need to see your family doctor (GP) who knows your medical history and can refer you to do some tests if needed. You family doctor can also refer you to a specialist if he/she thinks there is a need for further investigation. The cost is different in every country.

  71. Nicole says:

    Hello. I am a 26 (going on 27) year old girl and I’ve been having concerns as well. I don’t exactly recall when I started to notice it, but for some time now (less than a year I know that at least), my right breast will on and off become itchy and some parts of my breast and mid chest will appear rashy/red on the skin even though change in the appearance of the skin is not apparent.
    Then, just about 3 weeks ago, my right breast began to hurt. Again, on and off throbbing pains on the inner and outer sides. It started slowly only hurting a short few times a day. Then last week it hurt for about 3 days straight. Every now and then, it feels as though my breast and nipple tingle.

    And over the course of these past few weeks with the breast pains, my upper right shoulder blade in my back has been hurting also and my right upper arm has felt really strange. Sometimes feels like my arm is going numb and I’ve had such bothersome shoulder pain.

    I recently (last week and this week) went off to check with a women’s health specialist to have an annual check up: breast, ovarian tests for any abnormalities. I told my doctor about my breast issues and she felt and checked both breasts with the usual breast examination. No lumps were felt. Skin looks normal and healthy.

    All though, this recent visit this week, she noticed the reddening of my breast during an exam. Still no lumps in breast or armpit and skin still appeared normal. She suspects a simple breast infection but I am to return in a week. If I still have these pains, she may have to check for another reason and I’m afraid to think it to be the “C” word.

    I’m trying not to panic. Do you guys suspect it to be cancer?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Nicole, every woman in your situation would have felt worried, and it’s a natural feeling. There might be many reasons for what you have, and cancer is not necessarily one of them. Not every change or pain is cancer. You are doing the right thing by monitoring the condition and getting back to your doctor to try and find more information. You may need to be referred to a specialist for further tests or screening. Just Don’t panic.

  72. HELEN ABRAHAM says:

    Hi. My youngest sister age 21 has some problem with her breast, that in the past 4 months she notice 2 lumps in her left breast and last month another 2 lumps in her right breast and one on her neck. she went to see the doctor , they told her it is not a cancer you can get surgery to remove them. but she did not want to do surgery as she scared. but the lump on her neck was dis appired and another two came at the back of her neck and another new lump on her breast. I am worried as she has 5 lumps on both her breast and 2 on her neck, the number of the lumps are increasing from time to time ? could you just advice me what could it be as she is in poor health service place > is that can be a breast cancer?

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t know Helen as I’m not a doctor and lacks the required knowledge. If I were your sister, I would definitely go to receive a second opinion. Your sister should not be embarrassed to raise her concerns and get answers to her questions.

  73. Kiosha says:

    Soo I was on networking and be to regulate my cycle when I noticed that my breast hurt bad as to where I couldn’t get up without old them.. I went to the hospital and had a ultra sound but nothing was there so I went one and stop takin the mess and the pain went away and now I notice slight pain in my underarm and sometimes my chest. Get heated red and itchy and pain near shoulder blades should I be worried or be checked again

    • Jenny says:

      It is always a good idea to visit your doctor and discuss your concerns. It’s best to be on the safe side of things and not take any risks.

  74. Gina says:

    Hi, ive been having discharge clear fluid from both nipples for about 10yrs now, my first doctor said it was nothing, but i saw another doctor some months back and she got me worried about infertility and stuff, no lump found, but my left chest and shoulder gets swollen occasionally i also feel sharp pain in my left breast usually aw week after my period ends.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Gina, you need to insist to get answers to your problem. It might be nothing to worry about, but it’s hard to understand from what you’ve written what the second doctor said and what can be done. It might be that you need to get a second opinion and not be embarrassed to ask questions and get all the information you need.

  75. Emma says:

    I was putting cream on after a bath a few weeks ago and found a small pea sized lump on the side of my right breast near the top but not in the armpit if that makes sense, I went to the doctors and she did a breast examination and couldn’t feel anything! I left it another 2 weeks and then went back to see another doctor and she felt what I felt and said she didn’t feel it was any cause for concern however for peace of mind she refers all women who have breast issues to a breast clinic, this is now in the pipeline but she said the wait was about 4 weeks, I am also in a lot of pain in the same spot as the small lump I can feel and I am really stressing about it, I keep getting pains shooting to my nipple and have convinced myself it must be the ‘c’ word, I know that not all lumps are cancer but because of the pain I’ve got along with shoulder pain and shoulder blade pain I’m now convinced it’s the worst, I am 35 with 2 small children there is no history of cancer in our family at all but it doesn’t make it any less of a chance of getting something! I am trying to stay positive but my mind keeps wondering especially when I get the pain or I am more aware of the pain!!! I don’t know if I should go back to the doctor to see if I can get seen sooner?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Emma, you did the right thing asking for a second opinion and being referred to further investigation. It might be nothing to be worried about, but unusual pain needs to be addressed and not ignored. It’s not just for our peace of mind, it’s also our responsibility as this is our body and our health. Sometimes we need to insist to get the answers we need, and if it’s possible under the health system in your country, it’s a good idea to try and ask for an earlier booking if possible. You’ve got nothing to lose.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi how was your check up? What was the significance of the shoulder blade pain?

  76. Precious gift says:

    I have brown discharge on my breast before but now is white colour, I went to ultrasound scan the result came negative but i’m still scared about breast cancer because I feel small pain and itching on my nipple. What will I do next.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’m not a doctor but I’ve read that ultrasound is used to complement other screening tests, so you may need to ask for another screening method in addition to the ultrasound.

  77. Elize says:

    Hi I have stinging piercing pain in rib cage yellow sticky nipple discharge in left breast am very nauseas dizzy no other signs can this be breast cancer.

  78. Michelle says:

    I just found a lump under my nipple, my nipple is puckered inward too. The lump is hard and doesnt hurt at all and no pain any where else. Do you think its cancer.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Michelle, I’m not a doctor so cannot advise. To be on the safe side of things it’s always recommended to be checked by your doctor.

  79. Peyton says:

    I am 20 years old and since i was 16 I been having breast pain. Its both breasts and only on the sides of both of them and i can feel soft movable lumps on both of them too all in the exact same spots they are like identical and it hurts to touch them. It has been on and off for years and even when there is absolutely no pain i can still feel soft lumps on only the sides of both breasts its weird. I have noticed certain months they get extra sore a week before my period but not every month. Also my armpits on both sides have been really sore too which is annoying. I have heard stuff about fibrocystic breasts does anyone think thats what it could be?
    I have never been to a doctor but I have been told and read online its usually not cancer if it causes pain and especially if its both breasts in the same spots! Also the fact that it started when i was really young and still really young at 20

    I know you arent a doctor but please could you give me an opinion or something to help put my mind at ease it would be greatly appreciated

    • Jenny Hills says:

      According to National Cancer Institute, before or during your menstrual periods, your breasts may feel swollen, tender, or painful. You may also feel one or more lumps during this time because of extra fluid in your breasts, and these are caused by normal hormonal changes. It is said there that these changes usually go away by the end of your menstrual cycle. Despite the fact that many conditions are benign changes, I do believe that to be on the safe side of things you need to talk to your doctor for your peace of mind. Why take any unnecessary risk?

  80. Lisa T says:

    I am 51 and recently discovered indention in right breast when lying down and have a pain between my shoulder blades that is almost constant.

  81. Aine says:

    I have found 2 hard lumps on my right side towards bottom of rib cage. Im 43. My sister had breast cancer in mid 30s and my mum had it twice. I can also feel a lump in my left breast. Very tender to touch.

  82. Xta says:

    I feel a heat sensation on my left breast and pains on my back I went for hormonal imbalance test but the results showed that everything is OK. But th pain won’t just go away. What could possibly be the cause .i am 26years old

  83. sheila martinez says:

    i have a pain in my left arm like a burning sensation what can it be

  84. Sunitha says:

    On my left breast inside a very big stone like I noticed when I touched and pressed there it’s paining a lot I am breast feeding for baby is there symptom of cancer please tell me

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Sunitha, not every lump in the breast means breast cancer, but this is something that needs to be checked by your doctor.

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