Itchy Breast and Cancer

There had been a lot of questions from women about the association of itching in the breast and breast cancer. This is because there are studies that showed results indicating that itchy breast may be a symptom of breast cancer. This should not alarm women because not all itching in the breast is caused by cancer. In fact, there are actually very few cases wherein the manifesting symptom of their cancer is the itching of their breasts.

Not all types of cancer can manifest itching in the breast area. There is one specific type of cancer that is highly associated with this symptom and it is called the inflammatory breast cancer. This is the reason why only a small percentage of breast cancer patients experience this type of manifestation. In the inflammatory type of breast cancer, there will still be a growth of a tumor in your breast. But the skin right over the tumor is inflamed and is very itchy.

Aside from the inflammatory breast cancer, itching in the breast is also associated with Paget’s disease. This is a nipple disorder which can manifest itchy nipples and the skin around it. Paget’s disease is a rare kind of cancer that could affect the mammary glands.

Women who experience itchy breast can actually do small interventions to help alleviate the itchiness that they are feeling. The first easy thing that they can do is to wear a comfortable bra that is not too tight to the chest area. Wearing underwear that is too tight to the skin can cause itchiness and redness. It would also help if you change your bra regularly and wash them after every use to kill germs, bacteria, and fungi. Another More...