Symptoms of breast cancer

If you think you have a symptom of breast cancer, whether you are male or female, you should contact your GP for an assessment.

If your GP refers you for an assessment, you will be seen in the breast clinic, on a two-week wait pathway. 

Common breast cancer symptoms

  • A lump in the breast or under the arm
  • A change in the shape, size of the breast
  • Skin changes including colour, puckering and dimpling.
  • Changes to the nipple, rash on or around the nipple
  • Bleeding or discharge from the nipple

The most common breast cancer symptoms found in males are also found in females. They can be found in one or both sides of breast tissue and include:

  • A lump in the chest area or in your armpit
  • Pain/tenderness around the nipple
  • Swelling of the chest
  • Nipple changes (discharge/inversion/rash)                  
  • Skin changes (sore/ulcer)

If you have any of these symptoms it is important to contact your GP, finding a cancer early offers the best chance of successful treatment.