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Q: bruise on breast

i was gonna shower when i see a huge black bruise on my left breast close to the chest cavity.i know i didnt hit myself i would have felt it. i called my ob doctor and they said they could not do much for bruises. but i know that bruising that huge and dark would show up without any cause. should i worry?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
12/28/09 6:25pm

Hi, GB and Lori - 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. Keep your eye on it; if it doesn't disappear (or at least start to fade and become less noticeable) within a week or so, best to call the doctor. OR if it gets worse; if your breast seems infected (hot, red, swollen, painful, itchy), then see a doctor ASAP, OK? Good luck to both of you - PJH

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GB, Community Member
12/28/09 5:49pm

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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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
12/29/09 8:31am

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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By lori, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/10/14, First Published: 12/28/09