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Which types of breast cancer create thickening of the skin?

Which types of breast cancer create thickening of the skin?

Inflammatory: Breast cancer present as reddened overlying skin, compared to orange skin texture. This appearance is caused by cancer cell invasion of the dermis. This type of cancer is serious and has worse prognosis compared with other types. It requires chemotherapy and surgery at the outset. ...Read more

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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Can anything besides breast cancer cause dimpling of breast skin?

Can anything besides breast cancer cause dimpling of breast skin?

Yes, rarely fat: Necrosis, but breast cancer must be ruled out with a biopsy or definitive imaging on all cases of breast mass that cause dimpling. ...Read more

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Could anything besdes breast cancer cause dimpling of breast skin?

Could anything besdes breast cancer cause dimpling of breast skin?

Yes, but...: Every new finding needs to be considered as the most serious treatable illness until proved otherwise. A single large new dimple may be the result of injury and scar contraction, but you'd do well to have it seen in any case. The familiar orange-peel effect is also very concerning and should prompt a physician's office visit. If you have either of these, please seek evaluation without delay. ...Read more

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What types of breast cancer cause thick skin?

What types of breast cancer cause thick skin?

Inflammatory: Inflammatory breast carcinoma can cause rednes, swelling and thickening of the breast skin. Other types of breast cancer may also invade the subcutaneous or dermal tissue resulting in thickening of the skin. There are also noncancerous causes for skin thickening. Definitely breast evaluation by a breast care specialist is advisable.. ...Read more

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Are breast cancer lumps felt on the surface of your skin or do you have to feel more underneath?

Are breast cancer lumps felt on the surface of your skin or do you have to feel more underneath?

Breast cancer can be: Superficial or deep. Can include a mass. Masses that are painless, irregular ; hard are more suggestive of cancer but they can also be tender, painful ; soft. Swelling of breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain ; sometimes swollen lymph nodes under arm (s). Seek med eval if you have suspicious symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi I have a disc shaped white patch on my breast and the skin is puckered, could this be breast cancer?

Hi I have a disc shaped white patch on my breast and the skin is puckered, could this be breast cancer?

Possibly: I'm concerned by your description of the area as being
puckered. You need to see a physician to examen your breast. Don't let fear keep you from getting an exam. It may or may not turn out to be anything significant. ...Read more

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Is it common that breast cancer metastisize in the skin? What are signs of skin cancer?

Is it common that breast cancer metastisize in the skin? What are signs of skin cancer?

Possible: Most of the skin metastasis in local area of breast as set lite metastasis in advanced breast cancer, out side breast skin metastasis is rare and unusual. Primary skin cancers like melanoma from pig. Mole or squamous cell, or basal cell all have their own futures, for any suspicious, non healing lesion should seek help of a professionals for early detection and cure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast cancer skin metastasis?

Can you tell me about breast cancer skin metastasis?

Sure: It can be as simple as a lump or it can be raised and pink like a pimple. Typically occurs at the site of resection but can be in other places as well. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can be done for breast cancer skin metastasis?

What can be done for breast cancer skin metastasis?

More importantly...: ...What's going on in the rest of the body? True skin mets from breast cancer are often multiple & may be indicative of disease elsewhere, necessitating chemotherapy. If it is truly an isolated skin met, it can be excised and/or radiated. ...Read more

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I had scc on face, bowens on leg & now diagnosis breast cancer (focal scc also), is there a link having skin cancer & breast cancer?

I had scc on face, bowens on leg & now diagnosis breast cancer (focal scc also), is there a link having skin cancer & breast cancer?

Probably not: No correlation between squamous cell cancer of the skin with breast cancer. Scc of the skin- including bowen's disease which is squamous carcinoma in situ of the skin- are related to uv exposures. Breast cancer with a focal scc- is suspicious for metaplastic carcinoma of the breast- a very rare type of breast cancer. There is a relation between metaplastic cancer with brca 1 mutation. ...Read more

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43F. Woke up with pimple like spot on right breast. Has a white head that I popped. Hurts just a bit. Just one pimple. Breast cancer?

43F. Woke up with pimple like spot on right breast. Has a white head that I popped. Hurts just a bit. Just one pimple. Breast cancer?

Probable cyst: Sounds like pimple was in the skin of the breast and not arising within breast tissue. It is not uncommon to have lesions arise in the skin of the breast. Other than for some rare inflammatory tumors, the cyst like growths are usually sebaceous in origin and have what appears to be a whitehead which when poped may relaease some sebaceous material. ...Read more

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My breast skin gets dry very soon. It gets ichy and dry near nipple area. It happens to me usually. I have started applying moisterizer on it. But I feel scary is it breast cancer?

Probably not.: Most of the time this is dermatologic, such as excema or an allergic reaction, or possibly irritation from clothing. 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 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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Are these symptoms exclusive to breast cancer- darkening, pain, and skin peeling of the area where the lump is? If not, what could it be?

Are these symptoms exclusive to breast cancer- darkening, pain, and skin peeling of the area where the lump is? If not, what could it be?

Abscess: This could be a breast abscess. Overlying skin changes may become evident as the abscess matures. An examination and ultrasound with your doctor can solidify the diagnosis and rule out an atypical breast cancer. ...Read more

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Does inflammatory breast cancer look like a 4 mm pinkish bump on breast skin that has been there for 3 months unchanged? I'm also nursing.

Does inflammatory breast cancer look like a 4 mm pinkish bump on breast skin that has been there for 3 months unchanged? I'm also nursing.

Breast cancer: Typically the skin is swollen and dimple. You should be seen and evaluated by a breast surgeon so that if necessary if can by biopsies and studies like an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Would the use of skin creams containing phytoestrogens be harmful to me, given that I had oestrogen dependent lobular breast cancer in 2000?

Would the use of skin creams containing phytoestrogens be harmful to me, given that I had oestrogen dependent lobular breast cancer in 2000?

Congrats survivor: Congrats to you for being a 12 year survivor. The risk for developing another breast cancer is back to normal risk (1 in 8). These skin creams can be absorbed depending on how they are prepared and the dosage. I recommend contacting a dermatologist for a recommendation. ...Read more

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Does redness and swelling have to be present to diagnose inflammatory breast cancer...does it present itself a typically like with only skin changes..

Does redness and swelling have to be present to diagnose inflammatory breast cancer...does it present itself a typically like with only skin changes..

Variable: The presentation, signs and symptoms are variable, like many other disorders. You may wish to consult this site for information on this topic.
http://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/ibc-fact-sheet ...Read more

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Blood spots rash under skin on left breast at the bottom and it itches a little. I am scared to death. Can this be breast cancer?

Blood spots rash under skin on left breast at the bottom and it itches a little. I am scared to death. Can this be breast cancer?

Probably not: This sounds more like a heat rash or contact dermatitis and not cancer. However, if it does not resolve quickly, you should see your physician. You are young but inflammatory breast cancer typically presents as a skin redness and inflammation and can progress rapidly. ...Read more

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Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?

Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?

Biological process: The dna of any cell may mutate and continue to replicate with no end to it. The ability of cells to multiply and differentiate is expressed in the growth of a baby in 9months from a fertilized ovarian cell. From 1cell to a 9-10pound baby in 9months. That ability is in every cell of the body. If the off switch for cell division is lost, cells of any type may replicate indefinitely. ...Read more

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Does inflammatory breast cancer look like a 4mm circular sore that's been there for over a month and has new skin growing over top? I'm nursing.

Does inflammatory breast cancer look like a 4mm circular sore that's been there for over a month and has new skin growing over top? I'm nursing.

Not breast cancer: It does not sound like breast cancer; likely you have a mastitis, an infection, not uncommon with breast feeding. See your physician to confirm. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between laser hair removal with gentlemax pro and skin cancer? Or breast cancer, in case of hair removal on chest area?

Is there any correlation between laser hair removal with gentlemax pro and skin cancer? Or breast cancer, in case of hair removal on chest area?

No, none: There is no effect on the odds of developing breast cancer from such procedures. Yet breast cancer develops in one of 8 women in their life time...So there is always the risk of coincidence in some cases. Therefore you need to know the natural risks here, as well as family history of breast cancer can increase the odds. ...Read more

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The skin around my areola turned brown. I'm 18 and never been pregnant. I highly doubt I am pregnant since I'm on birth control. My grandma has breast cancer. Should I be worried about it?

The skin around my areola turned brown. I'm 18 and never been pregnant. I highly doubt I am pregnant since I'm on birth control. My grandma has breast cancer. Should I be worried about it?

No need to worry: Increases in estrogen levels can cause increased pigmentation in the arealae and genital area. Estrogen levels do increase during the teen years, so that is the probably answer. You might still check for pregnancy because birth control pills do not always prevent pregnancy (failure rate of 1-3%) but it is unlikely. Breast cancer in an 18 year old woman is distinctly unlikely-- you need not worry. ...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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For 2weeks I have had horrible itching on one nipple. No skin changes, or discharge. I am a high risk for breast cancer and have many fibroids?

For 2weeks I have had horrible itching on one nipple. No skin changes, or discharge. I am a high risk for breast cancer and have many fibroids?

No cancer: For the most part cancers arise in the breast in association with intraductal pathology. There is micro Ca clustered in one area but asymptomatic. Itching of nipple with no lesion to suggest Pagets would be related to possible histamine release in area with no known cause. At 58 mammo indicated and if all neg use xylocaine (lidocaine) ointment on nipple. ...Read more

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What are the chances that this is breast cancer? I am young but have a very full family history of cancer on both sides of my family, skin cancer breast cancer lung cancer ovarian cancer the list continues, recently I noticed a lump on my left breast and

What are the chances that this is breast cancer? I am young but have a very full family history of cancer on both sides of my family, skin cancer breast cancer lung cancer ovarian cancer the list continues, recently I noticed a lump on my left breast and

Hello,: Hello, it is difficult to answer this question specifically for you without being able to see the images. In general, a radiologist, a physician that looks at medical images, will assess the shape, size, margins and density of a mass to determine the chance that it might be cancer. The radiologist may use mammograms and ultrasound images to gather this information. Radiologists will recommend a biopsy for any abnormality that has a chance of being cancer that is 2% or more. "pointy edges" will raise the chance to greater than 2%. Therefore, I would follow the recommendation for biopsy.

The chance that this particular finding is cancer also depends on your age, personal history and family history. From your story I think that the most important factor is the family history. Having breast and ovarian cancer in your family will raise your personal risk. The risk is highest if it was a first-degree relative (sister or mother) that had breast or ovarian cancer. If it was grandmother or distant cousin, the risk for you is not as high. If it was mother or sister or both, this might be a sign that your family has a gene that raises the risk of some kinds of cancer. If so, I would recommend that you all talk to a medical provider that performs genetic counseling. This can help you decide if you want to make a special effort to reduce your risk or start special screening tests to help detect cancer early if it happens.

I see that you posted this question 28 days ago. I see that the biopsy likely has already happened and that you have the result. I hope that it was benign. If not, then I hope that you know that we have great treatments for breast cancer and most women are survivors. I will be thinking about you and hoping for the best. ...Read more

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What is coming out of my nipples? Only when I squeeze I get a semi-thick white substance. I can see it under the skin before I squeeze it. Breast cancer does run in my family. I am 19 years old. No babies, no piercings, no birth control.

What is coming out of my nipples? Only when I squeeze I get a semi-thick white substance. I can see it under the skin before I squeeze it. Breast cancer does run in my family. I am 19 years old. No babies, no piercings, no birth control.

You: You describe leaking a white substance, which is probably breast milk and we call it galactorrhea. Breast milk formation is abnormal if it occurs more than 12 months after pregnancy lactation. You should have this checked to understand the cause.

Galactorrhea is caused by an excess of a hormone called prolactin. Excess prolactin can be caused by intense suckling, medications, low thyroid hormone conditions (hypothyroid), excess estrogen (birth control pills), stress, some unusual brain lesions or even non-cancerous pituitary tumors.

If the galactorrhea is caused by a specific disease then you need the disease treated. If there is no significant disease and the amount of discharge is minimal then sometimes no treatment is necessary. If the galactorrhea is causing embarrassing wetness or simply bothers you but there is no other serious disorder then medication can stop decrease the prolactin levels and the breast milk.

Good luck. ...Read more

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My dad just overcame skin, prostate and kidney cancer. And my mom had breast cancer 3 times. And my cousin has brain cancer? How high is my risk?

Higher!: Kat13, your biggest risk is likely breast cancer. If your mom was diagnosed before she was 50, your risk is higher for breast cancer than it would be otherwise. There are some genetic cancer syndromes that increase risk for brain, kidney, and breast cancer. Ask your doctor to refer you to a genetic counselor who can investigate your family history further and guide you re: genetic testing. ...Read more

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How common is breast cancer?

How common is breast cancer?

Pretty common: Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2012:
new cases: 226, 870 (female); 2, 190 (male) and 39, 510 (female); 410 (male) deaths. Lifetime risk is 1 to 8. Risk is higher with the increased of age. ...Read more

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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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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