Lumps and changes to your breast can be worrying but most breast lumps are not cancer.
Symptoms like itchiness and pain is not generally caused by cancer. A lump that feels hot or is red, it may be a breast abscess (a lump caused by infection).
Other possible causes
A rare type of cancer called inflammatory breast cancer can cause symptoms such as:
A condition called Paget's disease of the nipple, which is associated with breast cancer, can cause itchiness.
Diagnosing a lump in the breast
It is impossible for any doctor to make a definite diagnosis from looking at, or feeling a lump. So, it is best to go back to your doctor and insist on a referral to a specialist. You could take a relative or friend with you to support you if you like.
The specialist can use tests such as mammogram and ultrasound to examine your breasts. They could also do a needle biopsy. This means putting a needle into the lump and taking out some cells for examination under the microscope.
Or they might do a punch biopsy, where they remove a small circle of skin tissue to examine.
These tests can show whether or not the lump is a cancer. The earlier cancer is diagnosed the better the chance of successful treatment.