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Your Breasts (Women)

What To Look For
When Checking Your Breasts


If there are other changes in your breasts that do not feel or look right to you, get a doctor chec as soon as possible.

  • Abnormal swelling in either the breast, nipple, or chest muscle.
  • Lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast, chest or underarm area—this is usually not painful, but may be tender.
  • Other changes in the size or shape of the breast.
  • Skin dimpling or puckering.
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple.
  • Nipple that retracts, or turns inward.
  • Redness on the nipple or breast.
  • Nipple discharge.

Some of these symptoms may be from a non-cancerous breast condition. To be safe, if you notice any changes in your breast or nipple, see your health professional right away.


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Resources: Breast Cancer Care and JohnsHopkins