When most people think of breast cancer, they think of a hard lump in the breast. And it’s true, this is the most common early symptom of breast cancer. In fact, according to a 2017 study published in Cancer Epidemiology, 83 percent of women with breast cancer have at least one lump.
The lumps are generally hard, feel fixed to the area around it, and are usually not painful, though some lumps can present differently, says Rachel Brem, M.D., director of the Breast Cancer Program at GW Cancer Center in Washington, D.C.
Beyond lumps, however, there are other, more unexpected signs of breast cancer. If you spot any of the following, talk to your doctor.