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  • Treatment Locations

    Rhode Island Hospital

    APC Building

    Providence, RI 02903

    866-401-0002

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    The Miriam Hospital

    164 Summit Avenue

    Providence, RI 02906

    866-401-0002

  • Symptoms of Breast Cancer

  • Breast cancer in its early stages usually does not cause symptoms. However, as the tumor grows, it can cause changes in how the breast looks and feels.


    Common changes include:

    • A lump or thickening in, or near, the breast or underarm area

    • A change in the size or shape of the breast

    • Dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast, including a pitted surface like the skin of an orange

    • A nipple turned inward, or that has changed in location or shape

    • Cloudy or bloody discharge from the nipple

    • Scaly, red or swollen skin anywhere on the breast


    You should see your doctor about any symptom that does not go away. Most often, these symptoms are not due to cancer.