Breast changes

General notice

Women aged 70 to 74 years can from now on participate in the Québec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS). To learn more, visit the Québec Breast Cancer Screening Program page.

See a doctor or a health-care professional right away if you notice changes in your breasts as described in the table. You should consult your doctor even if you have recently had a mammogram and the result was normal.

Breast changes

Nipple changes

  • A lump in the breast
  • The skin of a breast has an inward fold (retraction)
  • The skin of one breast is wrinkled
  • One breast is red, and the redness covers at least a third of it
  • Sudden nipple discharge
  • A nipple that points inward into the breast
  • The skin of the nipple changes in appearance or texture (for example, it may look like eczema but doesn’t heal)

In such cases, a screening mammogram might not be the right exam for you. A doctor or health-care professional will advise you on the best procedure for your condition.

Last update: February 1, 2024


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