The symptoms of secondary breast cancer vary depending on where in your body the tumours are.

The symptoms of secondary breast cancer vary depending on where in your body the tumours are.

Symptoms can include:

  • Worsening pain in your bones, e.g. ribs, hips or back
  • Breathlessness
  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • An uncomfortable stomach area (abdomen)
  • Headaches
  • Finding it hard to balance, coordinate movements or speak
  • Feeling generally unwell and losing weight

These symptoms are not always caused by secondary breast cancer, but if you’re concerned about any, speak to your GP.

Alternatively, if you have had breast cancer before and are still in touch with your breast care team, you could contact them.

Do this right away, rather than waiting for any upcoming appointments you may have.

Rashpal and Julie describe how they first noticed signs that their breast cancer had spread:

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Information last reviewed: October 2015

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