Breast cancer symptoms vary widely — from lumps to swelling to skin changes — and many breast cancers have no obvious symptoms at all. In some cases, a lump may be too small for you to feel or to cause any unusual changes you can notice on your own.
Can you have breast cancer if you don’t feel a lump?
ANSWER: Breast cancer is not always accompanied by a lump. Many women diagnosed with breast cancer never have any signs or symptoms, and their cancer is found on a screening test, such as a mammogram. Among women who experience warning signs, a lump in the breast or underarm area is the most common red flag.
Can you have a mass in your breast and not feel it?
A lump or mass in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer. Lumps are often hard and painless, although some are painful. However, not all lumps are cancer. Benign breast conditions (like cysts) that can also cause lumps.
How long could you have breast cancer without knowing?
Breast cancer has to divide 30 times before it can be felt. Up to the 28th cell division, neither you nor your doctor can detect it by hand. With most breast cancers, each division takes one to two months, so by the time you can feel a cancerous lump, the cancer has been in your body for two to five years.
What are the 5 warning signs of breast cancer?
5 common warning signs of breast cancer
- Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm.
- Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast.
- Change in size or shape of the breast.
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin on your breast.
- Nipple discharge.
What are the symptoms of a benign breast tumor?
Signs and symptoms of benign breast conditions
- pain, swelling, and/or tenderness in the breast.
- a lump that can be felt through the skin or nipple.
- skin irritation.
- redness or scaling on the nipple and/or skin of the breast.
- nipple pain or retraction (meaning part of the nipple looks like it is puckered or pulling inward)
What is the most common benign breast tumor?
Fibroadenomas are solid, smooth, firm, noncancerous (benign) lumps that are most commonly found in women in their 20s and 30s. They are the most common benign lumps in women and can occur at any age.
Can a tumor grow overnight?
They emerge at night, while we sleep unaware, growing and spreading out as quickly as they can. And they are deadly. In a surprise finding that was recently published in Nature Communications, Weizmann Institute of Science researchers showed that nighttime is the right time for cancer to grow and spread in the body.
What are the symptoms of stage 1 breast cancer?
What Are The Symptoms Of Stage 1 Breast Cancer?
- Swelling in the breast or armpit (lymph nodes)
- Unusual discomfort or pain in the breast.
- Breast tenderness that is very persistent.
- Pitted or scaly skin.
- A retracted nipple.
- Pain in the nipple or change in its appearance.
Do you feel unwell with breast cancer?
Some general symptoms that breast cancer may have spread include: Feeling constantly tired. Constant nausea (feeling sick)
What are the starting symptoms of breast cancer?
What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
- New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
- Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
- Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
- Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.