• lori lori
    December 28, 2009
    A bruise suddenly appeared on my breast. Should I worry?
    lori lori
    December 28, 2009

    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?

     

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    December 28, 2009
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    December 28, 2009

    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.

     

     

     

    • candyshackleford71
      July 17, 2015
      candyshackleford71
      July 17, 2015
      This information was very helpful. Thank you. Just found large...black bruise on my left breast..a lot of pain...red streaks all over. No reason for bruising. I took two aspirins today. Could this be why or should I be concerned? Thanks again. Candy..from VA. READ MORE
    • PJ Hamel
      July 17, 2015
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      July 17, 2015
      Candy, if the bruising and pain don't abate within a day or so, I'd suggest you see a doctor. This sounds like it could be an infection; but whatever it is, a sudden dramatic change like this definitely needs to be diagnosed and, if necessary, treated. Good luck - PJH READ MORE
    • Phyllis Johnson
      July 19, 2015
      Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      July 19, 2015
      Aspirin can thin the blood and make a person bruise more easily, but I don't know if just two aspirin would work that fast as far as blood thinning goes. You know your body and how fast it usually takes you to heal from a bruise. If you don't see an improvement, you do need to see a doctor. There are many underlying health problems that can cause people to bruise easily, so don't hesitate to see a doctor if this doesn't heal OR if you find other bruises when you don't remember an injury. In the meantime, if you don't need the aspirin and any other medicines or supplements that are blood thinners for another health reason, you might want to stop using them to see if that helps. READ MORE
  • Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    December 29, 2009
    Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    December 29, 2009

    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.


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  • GB
    GB
    December 28, 2009
    GB
    GB
    December 28, 2009

    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?

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