Could this be cancer

So 5 weeks ago I found a red mark on my breast, pain in the breast itching, almost feels like burning. Went to doc, prescribed me with antibiotics for mastitis. 1 week on a lump formed, still red and hurting. Back to doc’s, 2 lots of antibiotics now. 1 week on, no better now the lump seems to have become a long red mark along my breast, like thicking. Still waiting for an appointment with the breast clinic. No pus come out, just to me looks like a red raised angry scar.
As anyone else had this before. I have had cysts removed from breasts before, and it’s never been like this… it’s always hurt to touch and pus leaking. This doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t move around. Nothing is coming out of it. I’ve taken some photos. Please note, I’ve had a breast reduction 24 yrs ago and have scarring. I also have had a papilloma removed from my breast 10 years ago.

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Hi emmielou81,

Thank you for posting. We are unable to comment on photographs, but it is understandable that you have questions about the redness, pain, itching and lump that you have noticed for the last few weeks.

Breast changes can happen for many reasons. They may be due to hormonal changes as part of your monthly cycle (if you are still having periods) or due to benign conditions (not cancer) such as mastitis.

For more information see our booklet Know your breasts: a guide to breast awareness and screening.

As you have noticed these changes and they are not getting better with antibiotics we would suggest you make another appointment with your GP to be assessed again. You can also ask them to follow up your referral to the breast clinic.

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