• colleen colleen
    September 29, 2009
    I have a red pimple on my breast. Could it be cancer?
    colleen colleen
    September 29, 2009

    I have a small red spot that seems to be a pimple on my left breast. The doctor says it's only on the surface, and doesn't resemble IBC. However I'm still worried about it because I've had it for over a week now; if it was a pimple, shouldn't it have disappeared by now? There's no pain associated with it, and no discharge, but my imagination is running wild. I might have small pains in my breast and around my areola area, as well.  

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    September 29, 2009
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    September 29, 2009

    While inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) can begin with what appears to be a small red pimple, this type of breast cancer is very rare; fewer than 5% of breast cancer patients have IBC. So it's unlikely this pimple, whatever it is, signifies cancer. You're understandably concerned, since it's lasted over a week. But please don't panic; if this irritation appeared elsewhere on your body – your forehead, or shoulder, for instance – how worried would you be?

     

    In addition, if you had IBC, more of your breast would have become involved. Since you seem to know about IBC, you'd recognize those symptoms (swelling and redness, heat, itching, a rash, etc.). In addition, it's unlikely the small pains you think you may feel would signify cancer. Breast pain is seldom a cancer symptom.

     

    Breast boils, a condition that's painful and annoying but not dangerous, can sometimes begin as a small pimple. But unless the pimple becomes a lot larger and more painful – or it evolves into something affecting more of your breast – best to assume this is a minor and temporary skin irritation and treat it accordingly, OK?    


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  • abi999 October 04, 2009
    abi999
    October 04, 2009

    Hello Colllen,

     

    This is the first time am going to answer any question and I dont mean to scare you. Mine started as a small pimple and they said it was nothing and here I am with IDC. Please have an ultra sound or biospy to make sure its nothing to be worried.

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    • TonyK
      November 07, 2009
      TonyK
      November 07, 2009

      Hi my girl friend, my girl friend age 45, has a pimple on her left breast, it came out as insect bite, she was gardening around an area with lots of ants, termites. this was two months ago, she squeeze it and indeed it came to a head, whihc left small hole, sort of like a mini boil, it has healed but the redness is still there it is not on or near her aerole. She continues to squeeze it I think she has bruiesed it,its saturday, of course the doctors offices are closed there are no lumps itching scaliness, burning, or ozziness, she is scared to death any comments please, what is IBC and IDC 

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    • PJ Hamel
      November 07, 2009
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      November 07, 2009

      Hi Tony - a small pimple that you can squeeze, and which then heals doesn't sound like cancer. It sounds like a skin irritation. She might try treating it like you'd treat a small infection: absolutely stop squeezing it; treat with hot compresses; put some antibiotic cream on it; and if that doesn't do the trick within a few days, she should see a doctor, OK? Good luck - PJH

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    • Karli Jae
      December 11, 2011
      Karli Jae
      December 11, 2011
      I am 23 I have a high rate of breast cancer in my family 2 of maternal aunts have had breast cancer one was cells and the other was full mastectomy and radiation. My maternal grandmother has ovarian cancer. My mother hasnt gone to get checked. I want her to but I believe she is scared to go.   Two weeks ago I started to have a pimple like thing on my side left breast kind of close to my nipple. I went in for an annual female check up and she felt something hard on my right breast. She also said mine looked like a pimple also. I have never had a pimple on my breast before and its not underneath like a clogged sweat gland or something.    About a week ago the pimple like thing started to oozing like yellowish green it is still there and red now but it doensnt hurt. I havent had the lump checked on my right breast until in Janurary due to insurance issues.     I know I am young but the doctor has said that with my history she wants me to go in.   Please if you could I am also new to this. Any reply to help calm my fears.   READ MORE
    • PJ Hamel
      December 12, 2011
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      December 12, 2011

      Hi Karlie - It's possible to get a pimple or boil on your breast, and this is probably exactly what this is. Keep it clean, dry, and as cool as possible; switch to a camisole rather than a bra, if possible, while it heals. Some antibiotic cream might be a help. If it doesn't disappear within a week or so - or certainly if it gets worse - then best to go back and see a doctor, OK?

       

      As for the lump - breast lumps are quite common, and, at your age, are very seldom anything to worry about. Fibrocystic change can produce cysts and fibroadenomas (benign breast tumors), and it often affects women in their 20s and 30s. Even if you ejnd up having a mammogram that shows something suspicious, and you need a biopsy - about 85% of breast biopsies are negative - no cancer. So the odds are definitely in your favor.

       

      With your family history, your risk of breast cancer is increased somewhat; but it's still extremely low, especially at age 23. That said, kudos to you for being aware of this potential health issue, and for doing something about it. Best of luck - I hope your appointment in January allays your fears. PJH

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    • nanaofsix
      January 28, 2013
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      January 28, 2013
    • PJ Hamel
      January 28, 2013
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      January 28, 2013

      Hi - This site is actively monitored, and if you have a question, we'll be happy to answer it. We look forward to hearing from you - PJH

       

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    • PJ Hamel
      January 28, 2013
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      January 28, 2013

      Hi - This site is actively monitored, and if you have a question, we'll be happy to answer it. We look forward to hearing from you - PJH

       

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    • xMaryx25
      August 21, 2013
      xMaryx25
      August 21, 2013
      Please help...im freaking out..im 27 mom of 5...i have what i thought was a pimple on my right breast...felt like a small ball inside of breast so i squeezed it and it felt like it popped in the inside?? Now its purple and ubcan feel a hole there and when i squeeze blood comes out...should i be worried??? READ MORE
    • PJ Hamel
      August 21, 2013
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      August 21, 2013

      We're not doctors here, Mary - just well-read breast cancer survivors. So we can't diagnose conditions. That said, it sounds to me like you have a boil; please find a way to get yourself to the doctor for some treatment, or at least call for some advice. Also, your doctor can make absolutely sure this isn't something more serious. In the meantime, apply hot compresses (e.g., a washcloth dipped in very hot water) to the area. Good luck - hope you get an appointment soon. PJH

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