Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms
Inflammatory breast cancer is rare and causes different symptoms than other types of breast cancer. A lump is less common.
Instead, symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer include:
- A breast that looks inflamed or swollen
- Changes in skin texture, such as skin that looks or feels like an orange peel
- A red or purple color to the breast
Invasive breast cancer symptoms
Invasive breast cancers are cancers that have spread within or outside the breast.
As they grow and spread, they may cause symptoms such as:
- A lump in your breast or near your breast, such as your underarm
- Thickening of the breast
- Breast swelling
- Breast or nipple pain
- Skin changes on the breast, such as redness, dimpling or scaling
- Changes in the nipple or unusual discharge
Male breast cancer symptoms
While it isn’t common, men can get breast cancer, too. About 1% of all breast cancer cases are diagnosed in males.
Some non-cancerous conditions can cause swelling of the breast tissue in men, but swelling along with other symptoms could be a sign of cancer.
Common signs of breast cancer in men include:
- A lump or thickening in the breast tissue
- Nipple changes or discharge
- Changes in the skin texture around the nipple or on the breast area
Metastatic breast cancer symptoms
Metastatic breast cancer has spread beyond the breast to other areas of the body. Your symptoms depend on what part of the body is affected by cancer.
In addition to fatigue, weight loss and breast changes, some symptoms of metastatic breast cancer could include:
- Brain: headache, vision changes, dizziness or seizures
- Bones: pain and swelling
- Lungs: shortness of breath, cough or chest pain
- Liver: yellowing of skin or eyes, itchy skin or digestive symptoms
Non-invasive breast cancer symptoms
Ductal carcinoma in situ
Non-invasive breast cancers, like ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), have not spread in the breast or the body. Because this type of cancer hasn’t spread, it often causes no symptoms at all.
While DCIS can cause a breast lump, most often, it is found through a routine mammogram.
Lobular carcinoma in situ
Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) is an area of abnormal cells in the breast but typically isn’t considered cancer.
Like DCIS, it rarely causes symptoms.