Some women go to their doctor after they notice symptoms of breast cancer during or between regular monthly self-exams. Catching breast cancer early improves the chances of treating it effectively and increases the survival rate. If you notice changes in your breasts, go to your doctor immediately.
Breast cancer cannot be diagnosed based on symptoms alone. Diagnosis of breast cancer is based on the results of imaging scans and a pathology report for breast tissue collected during a biopsy.
Once cancer has been diagnosed and is being treated, you are far more likely to experience side effects of breast cancer treatments than symptoms of the cancer itself.
A healthy breast can look or feel different for many normal reasons. The menstrual cycle, pregnancy, breastfeeding, a poorly fitting bra, weight loss or gain, injury, overenthusiastic sexual play, and benign cysts can all change the way a breast looks or feels. However, the changes listed below can also be associated with breast cancer.