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Sunday, November 09, 2008 Linda, Community Member, asks

Q: Pimple on left breast

I am 47 year old female, who has a small red pimple/boil on my left breast. It is firm, warm to touch and I can move it around. It is not inside the breast, instead it appears to sit on top of the breast (like a pimple). I have had this for a few days and when I squeeze it nothing happens. Could this be related to the fact that I heading in menopause and have not had a period for 3 months?  Is it a clogged milk duct?  Please let me know. Thanks in advance for your help.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/ 9/08 11:11am

Hi Linda - Sounds like you've got a small infection. If it's near your nipple, it  could perhaps be an infected milk duct. But no sense fooling around with it - best to go to the doctor and see what it is. There's a very rare form of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, that sometimes starts with something that looks like an insect bite, so best to have this looked at just in case, OK? Good luck - PJH

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By Linda, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/06/12, First Published: 11/09/08