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What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer include: 

On its own, pain in your breasts is not usually a sign of breast cancer. But look out for pain in your breast or armpit that’s there all or almost all the time.

Although rare, men can get breast cancer. The most common symptom of breast cancer in men is a lump in the chest area.

Changes to look and feel for

A lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit

lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit

A change to the skin, such as puckering or dimpling

change to the skin, such as puckering or dimpling

change in colour of the breast

A change in the colour of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed

A nipple change, for example it has become pulled in (inverted)

nipple change, for example it has become pulled in (inverted)

Rash or crusting around the nipple

Rash or crusting around the nipple

Unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple

Unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple

Changes in size or shape of the breast

Changes in size or shape of the breast

What will happen when I see my GP?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic your appointment may be over the phone.

If your appointment is in person, your GP will examine your breasts.

After speaking to you on the phone, or examining your breasts, your GP may:

Being referred to a breast clinic does not mean you have breast cancer, just that further assessment is needed to find out what is going on. 

If your GP is male and you do not feel comfortable going to see him, ask if there’s a female doctor or practice nurse available. 

You can also ask for a female nurse or member of staff to be present during your examination, or you can take a friend or relative with you, but check first if you are able to do this.