I've just noticed a huge black bruise on my left breast. I know I didn't injure myself; I would have felt it. I called my doctor's office and they said they couldn't do much for bruises, but I know that bruising that huge and dark wouldn't show up without any cause. Should I worry?
As PJ says, an apparent bruise on the breast that doesn't heal could be a symptom of inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), especially if you have swelling, warmth, and skin dimpling. Don't panic yet because IBC is rare. If you are taking a medicine that thins the blood (including some herbs and vitamins like Vitamin E) you may find yourself bruising even when you don't remember an injury. Anti-inflammatory pain killers like aspirin and ibuprophen make me bruise very easily, and I often don't remember an injury. If this doesn't heal like a normal bruise, or if you find yourself with frequent bruises and no remembered injury, call your doctor.
A bruise that suddenly appears on your breast for no reason can possibly be a symptom of a rare form of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer. Though this is highly unlikely, be on the lookout for further symptoms that might indicate a serious issue: breast pain, a rash, a change in skin texture, or swelling.
Some herbs and vitamins like vitamin E can thin the blood, causing you to bruise more easily; are you perhaps taking anything like that? Painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen can also increase the likelihood of bruising.
Keep your eye on it; if this bruise doesn't heal like a normal one would, or if you find yourself with frequent bruises and no remembered injury, call your doctor. Or if it gets worse: if your breast seems infected (hot, red, swollen, itchy), or if you experience breast pain, then see a doctor ASAP.
I have a huge bruise on my left breast. It looks like there is a another dark small bruise in the middle of it. I have not injured my breast at all. Is this a sympton of breast cancer?