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Can itchy breasts be a sign of breast cancer?

Can itchy breasts be a sign of breast cancer?

Not usually: Painless lump is the main sign of breast cancer. So look for any lump. Otherwise go see a skin specialist (dermatologist in case the itching is severe or getting worse...It may go away on its own if it is minor probelm. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Will a itchy breast mean its a sighn off breast cancer?

Will a itchy breast mean its a sighn off breast cancer?

May to be: Itching is not usual presentation of breast cancer, see your doctor for examination. ...Read more

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Fibroadenoma or breast cancer - symptoms weight loss, itchy breast, abscess, breast pain fatigue?

Fibroadenoma or breast cancer - symptoms weight loss, itchy breast, abscess, breast pain fatigue?

Breast cancer: Most breast cancers present as a painless lump within the breast. Your description of itchy painful breast would be an unusual presentation. Some advanced cases can present with skin involvement that can look like orange peel with redness. See you doctor for an exam, probably time for a mammogram as well. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Are itchy nipples always a sign of breast cancer?

Are itchy nipples always a sign of breast cancer?

Probably not.: Most of the time this is dermatologic. There is a type of breast cancer known as paget's disease of the nipple that can present as an excoriated lesion on the nipple or areola. If this type if lesion is present and does not resolve, consider seeing a dermatologist or breast surgeon. Although unlikely, a biopsy would be a very quick, simple procedure. ...Read more

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My left nipple is so itchy. Could it be breast cancer?

My left nipple is so itchy. Could it be breast cancer?

See dermatologist: It's prudent to have any new and persistent itchy patch on the skin examined by a dermatologist. Skin cancer can sometimes present with itching. ...Read more

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Found about three days ago a red itchy irritated patch on my breast, thought it would go away but its still there and worse, is it breast cancer? Help

Found about three days ago a red itchy irritated patch on my breast, thought it would go away but its still there and worse, is it breast cancer? Help

Unlikely: It is very unlikely that you have breast cancer, however, it is not feasible to say what it is without examining the lesion. If the lesion does not go away in a week, or gets bigger, or if it bleeds or develops a discharge, or you get fever, it would be prudent to see your doctor or go to a hospital emergency room. ...Read more

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If I have an itchy nipple does that mean I have breast cancer?

If I have an itchy nipple does that mean I have breast cancer?

Inflammatory breast: If you have itching for more than 3-4 weeks, see your doctor to rule out any serious pathology. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my left nipple is so itchy. Is it breast cancer?

What do you suggest if my left nipple is so itchy. Is it breast cancer?

Not necessarily: And at your age, rather unlikely. You should see your doc about it, though. Even a benign condition may need therapy. ...Read more

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I've heard an itchy nipple can be concern for breast cancer is that true? If so, what if any other symptoms should I be looking for?

I've heard an itchy nipple can be concern for breast cancer is that true? If so, what if any other symptoms should I be looking for?

Itching, pain, lump: Your complaint pending on when during your period or with any other symptoms eg. Pain, lump, tenderness or pain. It may be a transient discomfort but it persists firstly to rule out allergy or infection. In short if persisted, you should see your f/d or gynecologist to ascertain no underlying serious disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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3 bug bite-like spots on side of left breast since 3days ago. 2 more appeared today. Red and itchy. Inflammatory breast cancer?

3 bug bite-like spots on side of left breast since 3days ago. 2 more appeared today. Red and itchy. Inflammatory breast cancer?

No, unlikely: At your age, it presents as painless inflammation (redness and swelling, some times show dimples like in an orange skin, Go to your doctor get it checked as you said it could be simple bug bites. ...Read more

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With reference to breast cancer, if a solid lump is present in the armpit area (lymph node), does it matter if it is itchy or not?

With reference to breast cancer, if a solid lump is present in the armpit area (lymph node), does it matter if it is itchy or not?

Go see your doctor: If a solid lump is present in your axilla (the arm pit area), it does not matter if it is itchy or not, you need to go see your doctor right away for an evaluation. Breast cancer tends to travel to the axilla, but other cancer can also present as a solid lump in the armpit too, such as lymphoma. ...Read more

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29 yr old has itchy irritated skin on top part of left breast. Has been hot weather lately. Need to worry about inflammatory breast cancer?

29 yr old has itchy irritated skin on top part of left breast. Has been hot weather lately. Need to worry about inflammatory breast cancer?

Hard to answer: Without an exam. Inflammatory breast cancer may show Skin dimpling or skin changes (eg, thickening, swelling, or redness), Edema or peau d’orange (orange peel look), hardness, irregularity, ulceration.
Please get checked. ...Read more

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I have scalp pain in different spots that comes & goes. Derma dr gave me fluocinonide & I am also a 10 year breast cancer survivor. Pain burns & itchy?

I have scalp pain in different spots that comes & goes. Derma dr gave me fluocinonide & I am also a 10 year breast cancer survivor. Pain burns & itchy?

What diagnosis?: You saw the appropriate specialist, a Dermatologist, for facial burning. It's very hard to diagnose dermatological disorders without seeing you in person. So, until you have strong contradictory evidence, trust your treating dermatologist and follow her/his treatment advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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I developed a sore/wound on the top of my right breast. It is painful (not itchy), and is pink in the center with red along the border. There is yellow fluid oozing from mainly the red area. Could this be infection or inflammatory breast cancer?

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I developed a sore/wound on the top of my right breast. It is painful (not itchy), and is pink in the center with red along the border. There is yellow fluid oozing from mainly the red area. Could this be infection or inflammatory breast cancer?

Be checked ASAP,,,: You should see Doc ASAP so to figure out if it is just an abscess or inflammatory breast cancer; it is not a good idea in second guessing. To get this important matter handled properly, follow suggestion in articles listed in how to handle sickness on http://formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. Do not try to wait out. More? Contact me and I can help. ...Read more

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There's a white spot on my legs and arms and its itchy. I'm a breast cancer patient taking up herceptin (trastuzumab) is there a connection? What ointment could you

There's a white spot on my legs and arms and its itchy. I'm a breast cancer patient taking up herceptin (trastuzumab) is there a connection? What ointment could you

Should be seen: I suspect a superficial fungus but there's several other possibilities; if it has not responded to a topical antifungal such as tolnaftate after a few days, a physician's office visit is in order. ...Read more

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I have a light white spot on my arms and legs and its a little bit itchy. I'm a breast cancer patient and presently taking up herceptin (trastuzumab). Is this an allergy pr fungal?

I have a light white spot on my arms and legs and its a little bit itchy. I'm a breast cancer patient and presently taking up herceptin (trastuzumab). Is this an allergy pr fungal?

Doctor can evaluate: Rashes are hard to describe in words, so a primary care doctor or a dermatologist can look at it and evaluate. A light colored spot that is a bit itchy could be just eczema (a dry spot of sensitive skin that gets a bit itchy, a bit flaky, a bit crackly, etc...). It could be fungal, such as tinea versicolor (but that usually is a bunch of spots). Other rashes are possible, so an exam will help. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a sign of breast cancer?

How do I know if I have a sign of breast cancer?

Varies: Often no signs - if picked up on mammogram. Otherwise a growing mass in the breast, or lung in the armpit, nipple discharge or inversion, edema of the breast, or redness of the breast. Also a sudden change in breast size. ...Read more

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Is redness a common sign of breast cancer?

Is redness a common sign of breast cancer?

Not in general: Redness is not a common sign of most breast cancers, but it can be seen in a rare but aggressive type called inflammatory breast cancer. Your doctor can help you distinguish this unfortunate cause of redness from allergic skin reactions or infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more