I have a rash beside my the nipple on one breast. It is very itchy, rough, & pelling with stabbing pain sometmes. It started out reddish and seems to be turning dark brown now. I've had it for about 2 months and have tried all kids of creams on it, but nothing has helped. I finally went to the doctor and he says it's nothing. I will be 39 this month and he says there's no way it can be cancer because I am too young. I've known people alot young than me with cancer, but he insitists that it is nothing. Should I be concerned about it? How can it be nothing? Also I had a total hysterectomy 5 years ago and was on estregin until until last Nov when the prescription ran out. He wouldn't give me a new prescription as he says it causes cancer. I am concerned and don't know what to do now. I don't have medical insurance so I am limited on going to the doctor. Any help would be very much appericated. Thank you Sheila
Dear Sheila, There can be a number of explanations for your symptoms. It could be a skin irritation, and the creams themselves may be part of the problem by aggravating the irritation rather than healing. On the other extreme, there is a type of cancer that begins in the area of the nipple and is associated with bleeding, redness, itching and burning (Paget's disease). It is a very rare type of cancer. Perhaps seeking advise from a dermatologist (skin doctor) may help to pinpoint the problem, and advise as to appropriate treatments.
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