Worrying skin changes could mean you have breast cancer

OVER 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK and early detection can save lives.

Some of the main symptoms include a lump or bump on the breast or armpit, but experts have now revealed a worrying symptom that can manifest in the skin.

If you think you have any symptoms of breast cancer you should see your GP because early detection can save your life.


If you think you have any symptoms of breast cancer you should see your GP because early detection can save your life.Credit: Getty
65-year-old man's skin becomes hard around breast and armpit area


65-year-old man’s skin becomes hard around breast and armpit areaSource: New England Journal of Medicine

Write in New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), doctors in India explained the case of a 65-year-old man who visited a dermatology clinic in Jhajjar.

The man explained that he had experienced thickening of the skin on the left side of his chest and on his left arm.

He says this has been going on for seven months – but it hasn’t caused him any pain.

Medics examined the man and discovered that the skin on the left side of his chest and in the left nipple had sclerotic.

This is when the skin tissues harden and stretch.

The doctors also found many red spots on the left arm, lymphedema in the left arm and swollen lymph nodes in the left armpit.

Erythema nodules is an inflammatory condition and can be a sign of cancer, and lymphedema is a buildup of fluid in the body’s soft tissues when the lymphatic system is damaged or blocked.

Axillary lymphadenopathy is a change in the lymph nodes in the armpit.

The experts who performed skin biopsies revealed metastatic carcinoma highly suggestive of primary breast cancer.

Breast cancer now say primary breast cancer is breast cancer that has not spread beyond the breast or to the lymph nodes (glands) under the arm.

They explain: “Breast cancer begins when cells in the breast begin to divide and grow in an abnormal way.

“Breast cancer is not a single disease and there are many types.”

Medical experts believe that the skin problems are caused by carcinoma en cuirasse, a rare form of metastatic breast cancer through the skin, which leads to extensive fibrosis of the skin and subcutaneous tissues of the chest wall.

What are the main signs of breast cancer?

For most women, the first sign or symptom of breast cancer is a lump or an area of ​​thick tissue in their breast.

Although 90% of such lumps are not cancerous, it is important that you get them checked out by your GP at the earliest – early detection can mean effective treatment. than.

Here are the main signs to look out for:

  1. Change in breast size or shape
  2. Redness or rash
  3. Nipple discharge
  4. Swelling in the armpit or around the collarbone
  5. Change skin texture
  6. Inverted nipples
  7. Constant pain

The expert explained: “The name derives from the similarity of the condition to a plate of armor.”

The patient was transferred to the oncology clinic and gentle chemotherapy was administered.

Carcinoma en cuirasse (CeC), also known as scirrhous carcinoma.

This is a rare percutaneous metastatic form of breast cancer and due to the rarity of the cases, data on this type of cancer are limited.

This can make diagnosis difficult as it can often be confused with other skin conditions.

There is a wide range of breast cancer treatments, with the type or combination used depending on how the cancer was diagnosed and the stage it has come to.

Once cancer has been diagnosed, you should be assigned a multidisciplinary team who will discuss the most appropriate course of treatment.

As well as the stage and extent of the disease, doctors will consider a patient’s general health and whether they have gone through menopause.

The main treatments are:

  • surgery
  • radiotherapy
  • chemotherapy
  • hormone therapy
  • biologic therapy (targeted therapy)
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