The first sign of breast cancer is not always a lump

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 09, 2016

As per a new study, 1 out of every 6 women go to the doctor with a symptom other than lump.  Till date, it is believed that the most obvious first sign of breast cancer is a lump.


The women with other symptoms called as non lump symptoms may feel nipple tenderness, pain in breasts, skin abnormalities including discolouration, ulceration, shape abnormalities and an infected or inflamed breast.


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This study was conducted by University College London, where the data of 2,300 women with breast cancer  were analyzed. The data retrieved was from 2009-2010. During this study, the researchers classified the patients based on their symptoms. About 83% of women had a breast lump, 7% percent had nipple abnormalities, 6% had breast pain, 2% had breast skin abnormalities and 1% had breast ulceration.


Less than 1% each had abnormalities of the contour of the breast or breast infection. Some very rare symptoms were also observed with 1% women having a lump in the armpit, 1% experienced back pain and less than 1 percent experienced muscle pain or breathlessness.


A disease like breast cancer need to be addressed with a grace. It is very much required to increase awareness among the population for a better understanding of its symptoms. An early diagnosis and treatment is very important for a better control of this disease.


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