Can mastitis increase the risk of breast cancer?

No . Inflammation of the breast does not increase risk for breast cancer. However, there is a distict type of a very agressive breast cancer that can present like inflammation- a.K.A- inflammatory breast cancer-which is presented with redness, swelling breast with thickening over the skin area over the breast. One has to be very careful enough and not to miss the inflammatory breast cancer.

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I have symptoms of what's probably mastitis, but worried about inflamatory breast cancer.?

Get checked! Mastitis is due to an infection. This is usually accompanied with other signs of infection-- fever, chills. The appearance of both can be similar. Both conditions warrant medical evaluation and treatment. Please see a qualified physician soon. Read more...
Get seen. Both conditions can be treated. You are worried about the worst possible scenario: inflammatory breast cancer. It is a low liklihood that this is the case. The good news is that we are doing a better job at treating inflammatory breast cancer. Neither of these can be diagnosed in this forum. Find a breast surgeon or general surgeon in your area to get evaluated and treated, if necessary. Read more...

Should I be concerned about breast cancer when I have milky draininge from my breasts (its not mastitis)? Multiple family members had breast cancer

Worth checking out. Milky discharge is common and doesn't necessarily means you have breast cancer. It could be physiologic, side effects from medications or drugs, xs stimulation of the nipples, a pituitary tumor, pregnancy...See your doctor to have it evaluated for cause and of course, to rule out cancer. Good luck. Read more...
Probably OK. If the drainage is milky (and not bloody or looking like fluid in a blister) it is probably ok, especially if you are pre-menopausal. You should probably see a breast speciialist to be sure. If your family history puts you at high enough risk, an MRI may be a better screening than mammography. Look up the gail model on the net to calculate your risk. Read more...

What are the differences between inflammatory breast cancer and mastitis?

Cancer. One is an infection and one is cancer. Mastitis is an infection and looks like inflammatory breast cancer. Read more...
Cancer v. Infection. Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive subtype of invasive breast cancer, characterized by the spread of cancer cells into the lymphatics of the skin of the breast, giving the breast the appearance of an infection. Treatment is directed at chemo first followed by mastectomy and then radiation therapy. Unfortunately, diagnosis is often delayed due to the misdiagnosis of mastitis. Read more...
Major difference. Inflammatory breast cancer is a serious agressive cancer. It needs to be diagnosed early and treated agressively. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish mastitis from inflammatory breast cancer. If not certain a full thickness skin biopsy could be helpful. Read more...

Right breast hurting, did a self and didn't feel anything beside maybe by my arm pit. Mastitis, breast cancer, or something else?

cancer unlikely. Breast pain is poorly understood. Breast cancer rarely presents as breast pain. See your doctor. Mastitis would be much more common for a woman in her mid 20's. Read more...
Cystic change. Fibrocystic disease/changes is very common in women. This is most often seen during the menstrual cycle. Breast feel lumpy and painful which is caused by cyst formation (fluid filled areas) due to hormonal changes. Some women may have these changes without being on their menstrual cycle. Caffeine may cause the cysts to be overactive resulting in pain. This is not related to cancer. Read more...
Probably not cancer. Pain under your arm and in your upper breast is probably not a breast cancer. Pain in the breast is very common. If it comes and goes with your periods, i'm reassured. If it is constant or worsening, you should see a doctor. There is a rare type of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer that causes severe pain, redness, swelling, and skin dimpling, but your symptoms sound more mild. Read more...

Can an abortion increase the risk of breast cancer?

No. Early retrospective studies gave conflicting results regarding the potential link between abortions and breast cancer. Over the past decade, more accurate prospective studies have failed to show any link between breast cancer and women who had abortions, either spontaneous or induced. Read more...
Unlikely. I agree with the previous author that there is debate; however many of the studies that show an association are small groups of people and therefore can't show proof of cause of breast cancer. Prevention of pregnancy is better than an abortion for many reasons -- cost and risk being one of them. However, if you have had an abortion, get a breast exam regularly *like everyone should!*. Read more...