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It is common for girls and women to experience itchy breasts once in a while. Symptoms of causes on both ends of this spectrum differ, which is helpful in terms of coming to a diagnosis. Still, remember that even less worrisome conditions deserve attention as preventative approaches or medical treatments may help reduce the itchy sensation and prevent complications.
Back to Health A to Z. It causes eczema-like changes to the skin of the nipple and the area of darker skin surrounding the nipple areola. Paget's disease of the nipple always starts in the nipple and may extend to the areola.
Rashes have a habit of attracting attention. The skin may react to a number of triggers with redness, swelling, itching, pain, roughness, or other symptoms. Many different factors can cause rashes, ranging from harmless to serious.
Red spots on the breast are usually symptoms of a rash or other skin condition. Less commonly, they can also be a visual sign of breast cancer. Being able to recognize the early signs of breast cancer can allow for earlier diagnosis and treatment and improve a person's outlook.
Itchiness of the breast is not usually due to cancer. It is usually due to other conditions that can affect the breast such as eczema or mastitis inflammation of the breast. This condition develops in the nipple or the darker area of skin around it the areola.
The rashes listed above are not associated specifically with the breasts—they can appear virtually anywhere on the body, including the breasts. Viral conditions such as measleschickenpox or shingles could also produce rashes in the breast area. As with the conditions listed above, they are not due to a specific disorder of the breasts.
And these are the most effective ways to catch the disease early. But breast cancer doesn't have to start as a lump, and mammograms cannot detect all breast tumors. Any changes in your breast can be caused by cancer, and there are a number of uncommon, yet important, signs of breast cancer that are worth knowing.
Home Breast Health. Medically reviewed by Tia Jackson-Bey, MD While lumps and bumps are among the most common breast cancer symptoms, there are other potential signs that you need to see a doctor, stat. For other women, however, certain types of discharge should be checked by a doctor.