Breast cancer concerns



I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice with regards to signs/symptoms of breast cancer as I have some concerns? 

I have been getting some pain in my left breast and underarm, feeling very tired and nauseas.

Its the pain that's been getting to me the most though. Sometimes it's a dull pain, but occasionally it's a short, sharp pain. 

I tried to see a nurse practitioner about it today, but she just pressed round my back and said it'll just be a pulled muscle. I don't feel this is what it is though as the pain doesn't go away with pain killers. It also feels tender and is noticeably bigger than the right one. I am going to make another appointment with my gp tomorrow as I felt like I wasn't taken seriously today with the nurse practitioner. 

When I've tried to self examine I haven't felt any noticeable or obvious lumps. Is there always supposed to be a lump there? 

Any advice would be appreciated.


  • Hi ,

    Thanks for getting in touch with us.

    We’re sorry to read that you’re having concerns about breast cancer, but the most important thing is that you’re going to see someone.

    Most breast symptoms are not cancer, but we always advice that if anyone experiences any new, persistent or worsening symptoms that they do get them checked by their GP, so that they can be properly assessed.

    Whilst a breast lump is the most common symptom there are other signs and symptoms too. We have this information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer that you can read.

    It’s important to be breast aware and know what is “normal” for you. NHS England has this guide to help you to exam your breasts.

    In the UK there are national guidelines that help GPs decide who they should refer to a breast specialist. There are some differences in the guidelines between the different nations. Your GP will use these guidelines as well as their experience and judgement.

    Best wishes and take care.

    Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.