What are the signs of breast problems?
Breast symptoms are common symptoms that can occur in both women and men in any age group or population. Many underlying causes of breast symptoms are benign, but some types of symptoms may be caused by serious diseases, such as breast cancer.
Breast symptoms can include:
Breast deformity or misshapen breast
Breast lump (with or without pain)
Change in the look and feel of the skin of the breast, such as dimpling or puckering
Change in the size, shape or appearance of the breast
New onset of inverted nipple
Nipple discharge or tenderness
Rash or sore on the breast or nipple
Breast symptoms can vary in character and intensity depending on the underlying cause and individual factors. They can be constant, or may only be felt when you examine or massage your breast. Breast symptoms can gradually build over weeks or months, or they can appear suddenly, such as breast symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or mastitis. They can occur in one or both breasts at a time.
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Your breasts will undergo normal changes over the course of your life in size, shape, consistency and appearance. Hormonal changes are a common cause of breast symptoms. Hormonal changes can occur at the onset of puberty; during menstrual cycles, pregnancy, breastfeeding, perimenopause, and menopause; and with the use of hormone medications.
Breast symptoms can also be caused by physical changes, such as weight fluctuations, or other causes, such as breast injury and breast surgery. Breast symptoms can also occur as a result of breast cancer and other diseases, disorders or conditions, such as breast infections, breast adenosis, and cysts.
Seek prompt medical care if you have unexplained breast symptoms in one or both breasts. Left undetected and untreated,some underlying causes of breast symptoms, such as breast cancer, can lead to serious or life-threatening complications. Seeking regular medical care throughout your life improves your chances of discovering some serious diseases at their earliest, most curable stages.
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