What are the 1st signs of breast cancer ? ?
Early breast cancer often has no signs or symptoms at all, so there are not really any ‘first signs’.
The signs and symptoms of possible breast cancer are:
change in size – one breast may have become noticeably larger or lower
nipple change – if it becomes inverted (pulled in) or changes its position or shape
rash – on or around the nipple
discharge – from one or both nipples
puckering or dimpling – around nipple
swelling – in your armpit or around your collarbone (from lymph nodes)
lump or thickening – that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue – BUT remember that most breast lumps are not cancerous
constant pain – in one part of your breast or in your armpit.
You can find confirmation of this information on any website concerned with breast cancer: breastcancer.org, Breast Cancer Care, Breakthrough Breast Cancer etc.
You do need to know one thing though; I see from your Q&A that you’re a teenager. Breast cancer is almost unheard of in under 25s; it’s mainly a disease of ageing – 80% of those diagnosed are over 50, only around 5% are under 40 and 0.1% under 30.
The American Cancer Society and other cancer organisations recommend that women start breast self examination at the age of 20