Warn­ing over non-lump breast can­cers

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Around one in six cases of breast can­cer be­gins with symp­toms other than a sus­pect lump, ex­perts are warn­ing. Re­searchers from Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don say women need to be aware of other warn­ing signs - such as nip­ple changes - so that they get help fast. The re­searchers ex­am­ined the symp­toms of 2300 women who had re­cently been di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer. They found that women with non-lump symp­toms were more likely to put off vis­it­ing their doc­tor. The re­searchers are pre­sent­ing their work at the Na­tional Can­cer Re­search In­sti­tute con­fer­ence in Liver­pool. Swellings in the armpit or an in­fec­tion of the breast tis­sue should be checked out, they say. So too should nip­ple changes rashes, bleed­ing or dis­charge and any sores on the skin of the breasts. Dr Karen Kennedy, direc­tor of the Na­tional Can­cer Re­search In­sti­tute, said: “This re­search shows that, all too of­ten, women are de­lay­ing go­ing to their doc­tor with symp­toms of breast can­cer.

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