Breast Cancer Symptoms

Breast cancer typically doesn’t cause symptoms in its early stages. Most patients are diagnosed after a screening test such as a mammogram, not because they noticed changes in their bodies.

But there are a number of signs associated with breast cancer, and it’s good to know what they are.

If you’re concerned that you may have breast cancer, make an appointment for a mammogram at the Joanne Knight Breast Health Center. You can also contact us at 314-454-7500.

If you experience any of the following symptoms or changes in your breast, you should report them to your doctor.

What are common symptoms of breast cancer?

  • A breast lump or thickening that is different from surrounding tissue
  • Change in the size, shape or heaviness of one breast
  • Bloody or clear yellow discharge from the nipple
  • Change in the nipple’s appearance
  • Tenderness, pain, or aching in one area of the breast

What are uncommon symptoms of breast cancer?

The following symptoms may point to more invasive types of breast cancer:

  • Redness or dimpled skin on the breast that resembles an orange peel
  • Change in the color of the breast to red, purple, pink, or a bruised appearance
  • Unusual warmth of one breast
  • Itching
  • A rapid change in the look of one breast, over the course of days or weeks
  • Peeling or flaking of the nipple skin
  • Flattening or inversion of the nipple
  • Enlarged lymph nodes under the arm or above or below the collarbone


Breast changes don’t always mean breast cancer, but being proactive is key

Breast changes are often a normal part of a woman’s monthly cycle, but it’s important to be aware of the changes your breasts go through each month. Closely monitoring your breasts will help you be able to tell the difference between what’s normal for your body and changes that may be cause for concern. Take control of your breast health and don’t hesitate to contact your doctor or Siteman if you have concerns and would like to be screened.