Be Aware! Breast Cancer Symptoms Manifest ‘not Only Through Presence of a Lump’

Breast Cancer

Symptoms of breast cancer can come in other forms apart from the presence of a lump, experts say.

Experts say one in six women have symptoms not related to a swelling.

The symptoms of 2,300 women who were recently diagnosed with breast cancer were examined by researchers from the University College, London.

Women with non-lump symptoms were reported to have been less likely to visit their doctor.

The other signs women need to take cognizance of include; swellings in the armpit, an infection of the breast tissue, nipple changes (rashes, bleeding or discharge) and sores on the skin of the breasts.

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“This research shows that, all too often, women are delaying going to their doctor with symptoms of breast cancer,” said Karen Kennedy, a director of the National Cancer Research Institute.

“This could be because people are simply unaware that breast cancer can present in many different ways, not just through the presence of a lump.

“With a disease like breast cancer, it’s essential to be diagnosed as early as possible so that a treatment plan can be developed and started,” she added.

The researchers will present their work at the ongoing National Cancer Research Institute conference in Liverpool.


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