Uncommon breast cancer symptoms

By: Women's Care Florida Staff

Recently, a young woman courageously bared it all on social media to make a point about detecting breast cancer. It all started when a dimple appeared on her breast, and she went to her primary care physician for an opinion. Her physician sent her to a breast cancer center where she was diagnosed with breast cancer — it came as a total shock.

Like many women, she was aware of the common signs of breast cancer (lumps and bumps), but had no idea a dimple was considered a warning sign. After learning about her diagnosis, she decided to post a picture of her breast on social media to help raise awareness about this unlikely symptom. Her story went viral.

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to jump on the bandwagon and spread awareness about uncommon breast cancer symptoms. Lumps and bumps may be more common, but are certainly not the only warning signs.

Here are some others to look for:

Breast Puckering

According to WebMD, puckering is an indentation that appears when you raise your arms and retracts when you put your arms back down. To check for this warning sign, stand in front of your mirror, lift your arms above the head and look for any indents that occur. If you find one, this does not necessarily mean you have breast cancer. Make an appointment with your OB/GYN to discuss an action plan.

Nipple Discharge

If clear discharge or blood comes out of the nipple on its own, then make an appointment with your doctor. Although an unlikely symptom, this can be a sign of breast cancer.

Other symptoms include:

  • Swelling, redness or darkening of breast
  • Change in size or shape
  • Itchy, scaly or rash on nipple
  • Pulling in your nipple or other part of breast
  • Breast pain after menopause

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN right away. Millions of women are surviving breast cancer today thanks to early detection and improvements in testing and treatment. To learn more about early detection and screenings, click here.