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Q: Pimples on breast

I posted back in July.  I still have the pimply, red type dots on my breast.  Still freaked out that it might be a symptom of cancer.  They are definitely red dots not a reddened area.  Dermatologist stated they looked like pimples under surface of skin.  They are about the size of an eraser head, maybe smaller.  I see my primary doctor in February.  Any advice again?  I'm so nervous, I have small kids, and I feel like I'm so worked up again, I can't function.  Thank you for your time.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
12/31/09 3:12pm

Shelly, if you've had this since July and it hasn't evolved into something much more noticeably serious, then it's extremely unlikely – virtually impossible – it would be breast cancer. Since you're so distressed, could you tell the doctor your mental and emotional health won't let you wait till February, and you need to see a breast specialist NOW, to find out what's causing these dots? I think you may need to advocate for yourself here; be the squeaky wheel. And though the breast specialist will almost certainly send you back to the dermatologist, at least you will have heard from the best possible source that you don't have cancer. Good luck to you - PJH

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shelly, Community Member
12/31/09 8:26pm

Thank you.  I will try to get in to see my doctor sooner.  The red marks aren't even really bumps, they're flat and seem to be under the skin.  I even remember when I had my mammogram back in April 2009, I remember asking the technician if the marks were going to be a problem with the mammogram.  So I guess I've had them awhile.  Then I started reading things and how "mosquito bite" marks turned out to be cancer.  I'm a mess.  So much for having a happy start to a new year. 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
12/31/09 10:50pm

Shelly, here's something I've learned, through my cancer experience - you can choose your attitude. It's hard work sometimes, for sure; but you can choose how to feel about just about any set of circumstances. Your symptoms aren't identified cancer symptoms; none of your doctors seems very worried. Do you choose to believe what all the information is pointing towards - that it's a skin problem, or some other type of medical issue - or do you choose to believe that this could somehow be cancer?

 

Worry changes nothing; all it does is make you feel awful. Believing you might have cancer forces you to worry. So why not choose to believe everything's going to be fine, thereby allaying your worry? Just a thought... Speaking of choosing, I'm choosing a Happy New Year - and wishing the same for you! Laughing PJH

 

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
1/ 1/10 6:52am

Shelley, I'm familiar with the news stories that have described some inflammatory breast cancer patients as thinking at first that they had a bug bite.  If you have had these places since April 2009, the chance that these would be inflammatory breast cancer if practically zero.  Inflammatory breast cancer progresses rapidly to swelling, generalized redness, skin dimpling, warmth, pain, and other symptoms.  Although the symptoms vary widely and not everyone has every symptom, from April to now you would have additional symptoms.  Keep working with your doctors to figure out what is going on, but try not to worry about this being a cancer problem.

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shelly, Community Member
1/ 1/10 2:58pm

Thank you both for your responses.  I will try to calm down.  Thank you for taking the time to answer my posts.  May your new year be filled with good health and happiness.  Thanks again! 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
1/ 1/10 4:55pm

And may your New Year soon bring a happy ending to this stressful experience - be strong and move forward, Shelly. We're right here with you. PJH

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eve, Community Member
3/ 3/10 6:07am

Pj harmel I'm also concern I had this lump under my breast for almost 10 months now it appeared around march 2009 after whining my baby at first it was a hard lump I thought I could have another benign cyst that could go away anytime but as months past it was beginning to be painful and tender when it was touch again I disregarded it but last 2 weeks due to my daughter hitting it untentionally I've noticed that it became sore and now after two weeks it pop and yellowish pus came out and blood i'm so worried that its cancer got to check this out for a doctor but really afraid for the result can this be possible cancer I dont feel anything with my breast but just under where the ruptured cyst were...and I dont have any fever. Im so worried i have family im afraid i wont see them grow

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
3/ 4/10 4:55pm

Eve, please see the reply I sent you via private message - you sent me this question as a message, and I answered it there. Go to "My Home," and check "messages." Please don't worry about cancer - this doesn't sound at all like a breast cancer symptom. PJH

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