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Changes to Your Breasts

Changes to Your Breasts

Most women recognize a lump in their breast as something that should be checked out by a doctor. But there are other changes to your breasts that could also signal cancer. If you notice any of the following, let your doctor know:

  • redness or thickening of skin around the breast
  • cellulite-like dimples or a red or purplish discoloration in the skin
  • your breasts feel hot, swollen or irritated

In addition, if you notice an unusual nipple discharge, or if you notice changes to you nipple (like suddenly appearing flattened, inverted or turned sideways), report the changes to a doctor.

By Jenilee Matz, MPH. Published July 24, 2012. Jenilee is a medical writer, health educator and triathlete based in Charlotte, NC.