Zocdoc Answers

Medical questions & health advice by board certified doctors

"Are itchy breasts something to worry about?"


How worried should I be if my breasts are often itchy? I sometimes feel like it's irritation due to the kinds of bras I use, but I can't really experiment with not wearing bras for vey long without some pain, so I don't know. I've heard that itchiness can be a cancer sign, though...


To dispel your fears, itching of the breasts is almost certainly not a sign of cancer. Only one rare form of breast cancer, called Paget's disease, does present with scaling and ulceration of the nipple of the breast which can sometimes itch. Generalized itching of the breasts is not a sign of cancer.

See a doctor who can help

Find a Dermatologists near you

The most like cause is simply chafing or irritation from the bra. Although you should not go without a bra, it might be worse making sure that the bra you have is not too tight. You might also experiment with different bra materials to find one that is less irritating and use a good moisturizing lotion. Sometimes fungal infections of the skin under the breasts can cause itching. The skin is often reddened and scaling and responds well to antifungal creams. As always the diagnosis and the management of your particular condition will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Setting up an office visit with your primary care doctor is advised.

Zocdoc Answers is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Medical professionals who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Zocdoc’s Terms of Service.