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5 Suspicious Signs Of Breast Cancer

Other than checking for lumps, make sure you don't miss out on these other symptoms.
Thickening near your armpit. If the skin on the upper corner of your chest (where it intersects with your armpit) feels thick or knotty, it could indicate a tumor that has spread to the nearby lymph nodes.

Scaling around the areola. If any section of the areola seems scaly or you notice a sore there that doesn’t heal after a few weeks, you may have a rare form of breast cancer called Paget’s disease.

A puckered texture. As a tumor grows in breast tissue, it can crowd out ligaments that make skin firm and smooth, causing a dimpled, creased appearance.

Changes in color. A reddish skin inflammation that appears on any part of your pair and persists for more than a few weeks may be a sign of the disease.

An inverted nipple. While some women are born with one or both their nipples turned inward, one that suddenly retracts is a sign that a lump may be growing under the breast’s areola.

Source: Eva Singletary, MD, professor of Surgicaloncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

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