What I Wish I Knew About Nipple Changes in Breast Cancer

Cynthia Malaran has been in remission from breast cancer for seven years. She faced her treatment, which included chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, with strength and positivity. But looking back on her experience, she wishes she would’ve known to compare her nipples. Knowing that might have meant getting her diagnosis earlier.

Changes in nipples, such as the development of red or flaky skin, pain, or discharge, can be a sign of breast cancer.

Only after she was diagnosed with breast cancer did Malaran notice that one nipple was denser and harder than the other soft, normal nipple. She hadn’t noticed the difference because she never knew to compare her nipples.

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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What are the symptoms of breast cancer?