The first symptom of breast cancer that most women notice is a lump or an area of thickened tissue in their breast.

Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it's always best to have them checked by a doctor.

You should see a GP if you notice any of the following:

Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.


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Breast awareness

It's important to be breast aware so you notice any changes as soon as possible.

Get to know what is normal for you – for instance, your breasts may look or feel different at different times of your life. This will make it easier to notice potential problems.

Page last reviewed: 28 October 2019
Next review due: 28 October 2022