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Breast Cancer

Should I worry?

04/27/2009

Question:

HI THERE MY QUESTION IS THAT I HAVE A SCaly whiteish around my nipple it itches like crazy inside the breast it can be itchy i dont breast feed so i dont think that is the case.this is driving me crazy i put lotions on and nothing works? could I have have some advice thank you

Answer:

Please have this checked by your primary care physician or a dermatologist. This should be diagnosed, possibly as an allergic skin condition, but rarely, could represent an early breast cancer. So please have this checked. There are some prescription creams for the former condition, and of course, you may need a mammogram and possibly other diagnostic tests or a biopsy.

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Response by:

Paula  Silverman, MD Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University