Signs and symptoms of breast cancer
It is important that any symptoms or breast changes are properly investigated by your doctor. This may include:
- physical examination of your breasts
- other tests that may be required
As well as having your regular breast screen every two years, it is important to be breast aware because breast cancer can develop at any time. We recommend you get to know the normal look and feel of your breasts. If you find a breast change that is unusual for you, we recommend that you do not visit BreastScreen Victoria – you should see your doctor without delay.
Most breast changes are not due to cancer, but it’s important to see a doctor to be sure.
- Download the PDF information sheet Signs and symptoms of breast cancer
- Download the Cancer Australia Resource Do you have a breast change?
- Policy and practice in relation to symptomatic women in BreastScreen Australia
Signs and symptoms to look out for:
A change in the size or shape of your breasts
A change to the nipple such as crusting, redness
A nipple discharge (liquid) that occurs without squeezing
A new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
A change in the skin, such as puckering or dimpling (like orange peel)
Your nipple becoming inverted (or pulled in)
An unusual pain that does not go away