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Symptoms of breast cancer include

  • a lump or thickening in the breast or under the arm

  • a clear or bloody discharge from the nipple

  • crusting or scaling of the nipple

  • a nipple that no longer sticks out (inverted)

  • redness or swelling of the breast

  • dimpling on the breast skin resembling the texture of an orange

  • a change in the contours of the breast, such as one being higher than the other

  • a sore or ulcer on the skin of the breast that does not heal.

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