Cutaneous manifestations of breast carcinoma


Vincenzo De Giorgi, MD, Department of Dermatology, University of Florence, Via della Pergola 60 – 50121 Firenze, Italy, or email:;


The incidence of breast carcinoma cutaneous manifestation in patients with breast carcinoma is 23.9%. The most common sites of breast carcinoma cutaneous manifestation are the chest wall and abdomen, but they can occur at the extremities and in the head/neck region. Due the high incidence of breast carcinoma, these cutaneous manifestations are the most common metastases seen by dermatologists.

In clinical practice, cutaneous metastases show a wide range of clinical manifestations. Nodules are the most common presentation, but several other patterns are described below.