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I have an itchy patch of skin and a lump on the other breast. Cancer?

Hi. I've had this dry, itchy brown patch of skin near my left areola for a couple of months. It's approximately one-thirds of my pinky. It started out as normal-looking itchy skin, but as I scratched it the skin turned pinkish, then brownish. After a while, the itch dissipated, but the skin remained brown and dry.
However, it started itching again a few days ago. Yesterday, a small scab formed in it, though it's probably just caused by excessive scratching. The scab's healed now.
Between my right breast and armpit there's a soft, painless lump about the size of a quail's egg or cherry tomato. It has been there since I was 13 and 14, so I'm starting to think that it's just axillary breast tissue. I'm almost 18 now. Could both of my breasts have cancer? Thanks in advance!

More info: My father has eczema, but none of my family members has been diagnosed with breast cancer (of any type of cancer) as far as I know.
Additional question: What kind of doctor should I consult to? A dermatologist? An oncologist? Would a general practitioner do?
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Hi there.  So, this lump you've had for a long time, have you ever mentioned it to your doctor at a well visit?  You should if you have not.  While it could be excess breast tissue, a lump should always be evaluated.  Most likely you have a bit of dermatitis on your breast which is not uncommon.  https://www.healthline.com/health/itchy-breast-or-nipple  But since the itching is ongoing and not going away, you need to see your doctor.  It's doubtful but that is a sign of inflammatory breast cancer.  I don't think you fit the profile of that at all from what you've written and your age.  But you should get looked at.  Your general practitioner is a good place to start unless you want to go straight to a dermatologist.  Or if you have an ob/gyn which is a woman's doctor that takes care of your reproductive organs and breasts.  This is most likely just a skin thing but get checked out and let us know!
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