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4 Breast Cancer Symptoms You Need To Tell Your Doctor About

We're all at risk of this disease, but early detection could save your life. If you notice any of these signs, bring them to your gyne's attention ASAP.

1. A lump in one breast.

A mass that is smooth and moveable under the skin is likely to be a fluid-filled cyst. If it feels solid, it's probably a fibroadenoma, a benign growth. However, either could also be a sign of cancer, so have it looked at.

2. A sore on your nipple.

A bug bite-like sore, scabby bump, or rash on the nipple itself that doesn't go away after a few weeks may signal Paget's disease, a form of breast cancer.

3. Puckered skin on one breast.
If the flesh on your breast becomes pitted or dimpled like an orange peel, it may indicate inflammatory breast cancer, a type of cancer that blocks the lymph nodes.

4. A mark or mole that has changed color or shape.

Though skin cancer most commonly arises on a woman's legs, the upper chest is also a prime target. Watch for the ABCDs: The mark is Asymmetrical or has an irregular Border, different Colors, or a Diameter wider than a pencil eraser.

Be sure to check out other facts about breast cancer--and ways you can help in the fight against the disease--in our Breast Cancer Awareness feature.

Source: Suzanne Trupin, MD, clinical professor of ob-gyn at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign College of Medicine

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