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.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and it covers all of the external surfaces including the breasts. When the breasts feel itchy, it could simply mean a minor dryness of the skin or it could be a sign of a much serious condition. There are different causes of itchy breast and some even goes beyond the skin conditions that cause itchiness. The most common cause of itching in the breast area is irritation or an allergic reaction. More...
When people talk about breast conditions, the women are always the respondents or the focus of these topics. But men could also experience numerous breast problems even if they are rare. Just like women, men have breasts too but they call it the pectorals because of the muscle forming the chest. If women experience itching in the breast area, then some men can also manifest itchy breast. Just like women, men shouldn’t immediately be alarmed when they feel a More...