Breast cancer symptoms: Do YOU know THESE seven signs that aren’t a lump?

Breast cancer symptoms that spring to most people’s minds are breast lumps.

While lumps are a key sign, many people aren’t aware that there are several other just as important indicators of the deadly condition.

Indeed, a third of sufferers have breast cancer diagnosed after finding a symptom other than a lump.

To raise awareness of these other signs, Breast Cancer Care has teamed up with TV host Emma Willis to launch the #NotJustaLump campaign.

“Like many women I thought a lump was the only warning sign of breast cancer,” said Emma.

“Now I’ve had my eyes opened to all the other things to look out for too – like a change in skin texture that looks like an orange peel, or redness, or an inverted nipple.

“It’s so important to get to know your breasts, whatever your age, and I’m supporting Breast Cancer Care to spread the word about knowing all the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

“Checking your breasts doesn’t need to be a chore either. 

“You can have a look and feel when you’re in the shower, getting ready for bed or even watching telly!

“Whenever and wherever suits you best, just make it part of your routine all year round.”  

She revealed the seven key symptoms of breast cancer other than a lump in the new #NotJustaLump campaign video below.

Size and shape

“If you notice a change in one or both of your breasts, it’s worth getting them checked,” advised Emma.


“Most of us know about this one,” she said.

Many breast lumps can be non-cancerous, but it is important to get it checked out by a doctor.

Change in the texture of your skin

“Puckering or dimpling that makes the skin look like an orange,” she explained.

Redness or rash

“Look out for a redness or rash on the skin or around the nipple,” she said.

This could point to inflammatory breast cancer, which is a rare type that can grow and spread quickly.


“Look out for nipple inversion,” she warned.

Nipple discharge

“Any nipple discharge,” she said.

This could be any fluid that seeps out of the nipple, either spontaneously or when squeezed.

It may look milky, or it may be clear, yellow, green, brown or bloody.


“Pain in your breast or armpit,” she explained.

Breast pain can be common and may not be a symptom, but it is important to seek advice from your doctor. 


“Any swelling in your armpit or collarbone,” she said.

This could be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer, and you should see doctor if you notice any change.