Not all itching is a sign of breast cancer, Kat. In fact, most itching is a hormonal, skin, or nerve issue. Itching to watch out for is 1) if it's on your nipple, and accompanied by scaliness or peeling skin, or what looks like an infection; and 2) itchiness that develops into what looks like a breast infection. Your breast may become red, hot, swollen, painful, and/or the skin dimpled. If any of these symptoms develop, please see a doctor ASAP. Good luck - PJH
Itching could be a sign of many different conditions from dry skin to an allergy to a fungal infection. In rare cases, itching can be one of several symptoms of Paget's disease or inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), but usually it would not be the only symptom. When I had IBC, my itching was deep in the breast and not on the skin surface.
If your itching started recently, a good first step to figuring out what it is would be to switch to skin care and laundry products for sensitive skin. Not too long ago we had a reader who found that hard water was causing breast itching. Rinsing the laundry twice in softened water helped.
If your skin is also red or if you have sweiling and/or a fever, call the doctor right away. If home remedies don't help in a week or two, call the doctor.
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