Rash On Breast
Originally asked by Community Member linda
Rash On Breast
I am not sure if this is the right place to post my question, but after reading some of the other posts I am awed by the knowledge and caring shown by the ladies on this board. Now for my concern: Are rashes associated with breast cancer smooth and indistinguishable by touch alone or are they rough and/or raised? I have a completely smooth, flat inflamed area on the outside of my right breast, about 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches in size. It appeared a couple of days ago, the same day I got my period after not having it for three months–I am close to menopause. I have been using hydrocortisone cream on it. The overall red color seems to be easing slightly, but there are areas that are still quite red. If this is just a rash, any ideas about how long it might take for hydrocortisone cream to resolve it completely? If it doesn’t resolve, of course I will seek medical attention.Thank you, and best wishes and health to all of you.
Linda, breast rashes are nearly always NOT a symptom of breast cancer, which is a good thing to keep in mind as you deal with this. Please read our post on breast rashes for more information about what might be causing this - which could be anything from hormones, to a change in laundry soap, to a new bra.
My fellow health guide, Phyllis, will no doubt be adding her feedback here; she’s had inflammatory breast cancer, which can indeed begin with a rash; and she has more information than I about what a potential IBC rash might look like.
That said, I think the rash would have to get much worse, and be accompanied by other symptoms (swelling, pain, heat - infection-like symptoms) for you to truly worrry about cancer. Your plan is sound: watchful waiting. Hopefully this will resolve on its own soon. Good luck, and let us know what happens, OK? PJH
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Answered by: PJ Hamel