I Have Itchy Bumps On My Breasts, And Itchy Nipples. Could This Be Breast Cancer?

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Asked by Cathy

I Have Itchy Bumps On My Breasts, And Itchy Nipples. Could This Be Breast Cancer?

Hi, I have small red itchy bumps along the sides of my breasts, and both my nipples are becoming itchy with dry, flaky skin as well. This started two weeks ago. It's really uncomfortable. I'm only 17, and as far as I'm aware, not allergic to anything. Could it be breast cancer?

Answer

Thankfully, any problem affecting both breasts isn't likely to be breast cancer.  Skin  rashes  can be difficult to diagnose, but they usually aren't breast cancer.

The first thing you could do is to think about whether you've changed laundry detergents or skin-care products.  Even if you're using the same one, sometimes people develop an allergy to a product they've used for a long time. Be sure your bras are well-rinsed. Try switching to unscented soap for sensitive skin.

Additionally, breast cancer at your age is so rare that statisticians don't even track its incidence. While it's good you're aware of breast changes, you really don't need to worry about breast cancer until you're older. Please read our message to teens for more on this.

If, after switching laundry detergent and skin-care products, you still find your breasts are itchy, you'll need to see a doctor to find out what this rash is and to get the proper treatment. Although this is almost certainly not a dangerous condition, it's uncomfortable and needs treatment so that it doesn't get worse.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson