Is inflammation a symptom of cancer of the breast?

Sometimes. There is an aggressive form of breast cancer that can present like an infection. There is usually not a mass and the infection does not resolve with antibiotics. Breast infections are very common in women who are breastfeeding. I recommend being evaluated by your physician and getting breast imaging.
Very, Very rarely. The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump; others include skin dimpling, nipple discharge, breast pain. There is a rare type of breast cancer called inflammatory ca that will mimic the appearance of a breast infection. The fact is that most women with breast inflammation have a breast infection--regardless, this does warrant physician evaluation.

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Could I have breast inflammation that can lead to breast cancer?

Not directly. Breast inflammation does not cause breast cancer. Hoeever, there is a rare form of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer that can cause diffuse swelling and redness of the skin of the breast. Needs a physical examination with a doctor & mammogram. Read more...

Does breast inflammation lead to breast cancer?

No, but. There is a particularly aggressive breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer, where the skin is ed and the skin puckered like an orange skin. Read more...
No. No. Inflammation on the breast will not cause breast cancer. However, one will need to be very careful and need to be able to differentiate between inflammation to the breast and inflammatory breast cancer- which is a type of very agressive breast cancer which is presented with a red, swollen-puckered- breast with thickening of the skin over the breast that mimic inflammation. Read more...

Can itchiness in the breasts be a symptom of cancer?

Usually, unrelated. Itching of the breast would not make it on my top 20 list of common breast cancer symptoms. The only time I have seen itching with breast cancer is related to paget's disease, which causes an eczema-like rash on the nipple, which can itch. I hope this helps. Read more...

What is the symptom of breast cancer?

Several. New or enlarging lumps, nipple discharge and skin changes are all things that should be investigated to rule out breast cancer. Each of these can be associated with other things but cancer should be ruled out.While many breast cancers do not cause pain, some do: any new, persistent pain in the breast should be evaluated. The best time to DX cancer is before symptoms develop. Mammograms save lives. Read more...
Varies. The most obvious is a new or enlarging firm mass. Other symptoms can include skin and/or nipple changes. Rarely a unilateral spontaneous bloody nipple d/c. Any new or concerning findings on self-exam should be brought to the attention of your doctor. Finally, the ultimate goal of early detection is to find breast cancer before "symptoms" present - i.e. Screening mammmography. Read more...

I need your expertise, is breast tenderness a symptom of breast cancer?

Possibly. Breast cancer sx's 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 the breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain ; sometimes swollen lymph nodes under the arm(s). For risk factors seek medical evaluation. Read more...
Non-specific. Breast tenderness is a very non-specific symptom. It is not indicative of breast cancer. Further evaluation is needed. Read more...

Is swelling a symptom of breast cancer?

Swelling. Swelling is usually normal, and often it is associated with hormonal variations. If it is swelling in one breast and not the other, or if associated with other symptoms (nipple discharge, redness, warmth, or mass), see your doctor. These symptoms are also not associated with cancer, but they can indicate other benign breast diseases. Read more...
Possible. While breast swelling is not a typical symptom of breast cancer, it is possible. If you have concerns about changes in your breast it is always best to see your physician. Read more...
Not specifically. Breast swelling is not a specific sign or symptom of breast cancer. A breast mass may give the appearance of swelling depending on the size of the mass. Inflammatory breast cancer can cause breast swelling without an obvious mass. Read more...