What can cause swelling below the areola (besides inflammatory breast cancer)? No redness, pain, etc. Swollen nodes, but have been battling an infection.

Fibrocystic changes. Swelling below the areoal is ususally from benign causes. Inflammatory breast carcinoma is a lesion of the subcutaneous lymphatics of breast infiltrated with Ca. The breast becomes swollen and erytenatous with the edges of the lesion elevated. A 3D mammo or MRI of breast can resolve the issue. Bx is necessary to RO inflammatory Ca which can be lethal.
Subalveolar abscess. An abscess in subalveolar region needs to be ruled out first, especially with a history of infection and swollen nodes. Pl see attached link on the subject.

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Swelling of lymph nodes under the arm is a symptom of breast cancer? Are the swollen lymph nodes supposed to be pain-free?

Can be. Usually a breast mass would be felt by the time breast cancer has spread to enlarged lymph nodes that can be felt under the arm. Usually the lymph nodes are painless. Any physical change you are feeling should be evaluated with a doctor and likely a mammogram. Many things including infections and cancers can cause enlarged lymph nodes. Read more...
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Do long lasting swollen lymph nodes in the armpit most likely mean breast cancer?

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