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Monday, January 26, 2009 vg, Community Member, asks

Q: Red patch on right breast? Should I be concerned?

I am 25 years old. I do smoke and drink and take Yasmin, and no one in my family has ever had cancer. For the past 2 years I have has random nipple discharge. It also happens when I squeeze on the nipples. I got an ultra sound and everything appeared ok. My right nipple itches quite a bit and two days ago, my right breast started hurting. I looked at it and there was a red spot under my nipple. It was about the size of a penny and it looked red and splotchy and it hurt. It was hard on top and rough. Now it looks like a scab is appearing on it and it is still red. Do I need to be concerned about this? Thanks!

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
1/26/09 6:14pm

Hi - It's good to be concerned about ALL breast changes. While the nipple discharge isn't too concerning, there's a rare form of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, that can sometimes exhibit symptoms making it hard to diagnose; it may start as something that looks like a bug bite, or it might be a red patch. So, if the patch on your breast gets bigger, or your entire breast seems infected—red, swollen, hot, itchy—best to get it checked out, OK? Breast cancer at your age is extremely rare; so statistically speaking, you're probably fine. But keep an eye on that patch, and if it gets worse, get it checked. Good luck - PJH

Rosie, Community Member
2/ 4/09 4:09pm

Been a breast cancer survivor who was on Yasmin, I would not let your concerns go to the waste side.  I do not smoke but have a family history.  I was put on Yasmin when I was 35 and 6 months later discovered I had cancer.  The only reason it was found was because I insisted on getting a base line Mammogram and because of my breast size an ultra sound.  I even stunned the Oncologist he did not believe that I could have cancer.

So please follow up faithfully.

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By vg, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/17/10, First Published: 01/26/09