Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

In this article weíll look at some of the less common signs of breast cancer.

Less Common Signs of Breast Cancer

This article has been medically approved by Pharmacist Sumaiya Patel - GPhC Reg No: 2215078


In our article How to Check Your Breasts we look at some of the common signs of breast cancer, but it doesnít always start as a lump. In our article below, weíll look at some of the less common symptoms of breast cancer to look out for when checking your breasts.

Extra Warm Skin

Typically, breast cancer isnít associated with fevers or inflammation. However, inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) can cause the breast to become red, inflamed, firm, swollen, and hot to the touch. These symptoms can develop quite suddenly and unlike other breast cancers, IBC may not cause a lump. [1]

Newly Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipples are nipples that are flat or turned inwards. While this may be normal for you, your nipples becoming inverted may be a sign of breast cancer. [2]

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), IBC, and Pagetís disease are some of the forms of breast cancer that can affect the nipple and areola.

Itchy breasts or nipples

Like the rest of your body, an itch on your breasts or nipples now and then is normal. However, persistent breast itchiness can be a cause for concern. It may be an early sign of IBC, Pagetís disease, or other types of breast cancer. [3]

Pagetís disease is a rare form of breast cancer that starts on the nipple and extends out to the areola. It can cause itching; tingling or redness on the nipple; flaking, crusty or thickened skin; a flattened nipple; and yellowish or bloody discharge. [4]


[1] https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/breast-cancer/inflammatory-breast-cancer

[2] https://www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/information-gps/gp-update/qa-breast-cancer

[3] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00520-019-04693-5

[4] https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/breast-cancer/pagets-disease-of-the-breast

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