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Topic: Red dots on breast (very worried)

Forum: High Risk for Breast Cancer — Due to family history, genetics, or other factors.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2009 12:11PM

salncrackers wrote:

I don't know if there's anyone out there who can help me, but I am really scared.  I have been having medical problems for the past eight months or so (I get very light-headed and dizzy throughout the day) and I can't seem to find what's wrong with me.  Anyway, since about June 09, I've noticed tiny red dots forming on my right breast.  It started with just two but when I was putting on my bra today and was in front of the bathroom mirror, I noticed that there were about twenty.  Some are tiny and others are the size of the head of a pin.  They are completely flat.  I also have two that have formed much lower.  One on my rib cage and one on my abdomen directly below that right breast.  Please let me know if this is something I should worry about or if I'm just getting older and it's okay (I'm 28 but my grandma died of breast cancer... I think she got it when she was 32).

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Sep 23, 2009 01:26PM Barbara4122 wrote:

Have you been to your primary care physician for a physical?  Also, are you getting screened for breast cancer?  Did your Mom, aunts, sister ever have breast cancer?    Anyway, These "dots" sound more like a rash of some type since they are also on your abdomen.  You sound like me alot...scared of every little thing.  I don't blame you but it's best to face things head on.  Your best bet is to 1st see your primary care physician about the light headedness...and the rash.  You will feel much better when you do and find out you are OKAY!!!!

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Sep 23, 2009 02:10PM Morgan513 wrote:

It sounds like petechiae.  Google it.  I would contact my pcp if I were you.

Lorrie

Dx 4/9/2008, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 28, 2009 12:05AM salncrackers wrote:

I've looked up pictures of petechiae, and it is most definitely not that.  It literally looks like very bright red teeny tiny dots.  Also, I looked on my left breast today because it has been sore for months (maybe even a year) and I never noticed but that one has the red dots too.  I only have two red dots on my abdomen.  Anyway, I actually just did have a physical but it was at a clinic for people with no health care :o( and the dr. actually felt my left breast repeatedly and said that she felt something odd on the left side by the armpit but then attributed it to "loose tissue", whatever that means.  My grandma did die of breast cancer.  I have no sisters or aunts on that side, and so far my mom is okay.  I just keep reading about pinprick red dots on the breast as a bad sign and I can't help but be scared since I have them and my left breast has been sore for forever (on and off again).  Please, someone, let me know if this is related to a particular type of breast cancer.

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Sep 28, 2009 12:12AM cellardoor wrote:

Hmm, I had red dots on my abdomen that went from below my breast and wrapped around the side all the way to the back. After a few days it turned into a rash and I was later diagnosed with shingles/zoster (a virus like chicken pox). 

I hope your dots go away soon! If not, I hope you find time to go to a clinic and get it checked out. Good luck~

Dx age: 25. Tx: DD AC/T, Bilat Mx w/ TE

Dx 4/10/2009, IDC, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 28, 2009 12:16AM salncrackers wrote:

Nope.  My mom has had shingles, so I know what those look like.  Imagine if I took a papermate red pen and just drew teeny tiny red dots on random spots on my breasts.

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Sep 28, 2009 12:31AM weesa wrote:

Tiny red dots are common on the abdomen as we age--they are small broken capillaries.I forget what they are called (hemangiomas???) and they are harmless. Hope that is what you have.Once you get them they never go away but they don't change or grow in size.

Sometimes I wonder if I am an old soul temporarily trapped in a breast cancer body.

Dx 11/22/2002, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, Grade 2, 5/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery Lumpectomy (Right); Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection, Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right); Reconstruction: Latissimus Dorsi flap (Right)Chemotherapy 01/20/2003 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxotereRadiation Therapy 06/14/2003 ExternalHormonal Therapy 08/23/2003 Femara
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Sep 28, 2009 12:38AM weesa wrote:

No, wait--angioma I think I'm thinking of. Cherry angiomas.

Sometimes I wonder if I am an old soul temporarily trapped in a breast cancer body.

Dx 11/22/2002, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, Grade 2, 5/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery Lumpectomy (Right); Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection, Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right); Reconstruction: Latissimus Dorsi flap (Right)Chemotherapy 01/20/2003 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxotereRadiation Therapy 06/14/2003 ExternalHormonal Therapy 08/23/2003 Femara
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Sep 28, 2009 01:07AM sheila888 wrote:

I have those little pin head size red dots . I had them years before I was even DX.

You also have other symptoms I am not a doctor but don't think those dots are related to your other symptoms. If nothing was found you can  be suffering from anxiety also. ( i am talking from my own experience, when I was  little older than you I got very sick, from dizziness to nausea, not eating or sleeping I went to every specialist in 4 months period. All the tests were showing normal. At the end I was DX with major depression with severe anxiety. I was hospitalized but once i knew what was wrong with me started getting better slowly.

I am sorry i wrote a long post but wanted you to know i was there and terrified. Find a clinic at your area that they do free mammograms and everything else. But if you just mention them the red dots I'm afraid they might not take you seriously to give you a mammo.

Your breasts being sore, doctor feeling something......You need answers for your piece of mind.

If its nothing thats good. Please take action to go to a Breast Center. Since you are considered high risk because of your mother, do everything possible to see a specialist.

What part of the country are you from. Once we know that we can help you more about where to go.

SmileSheila

Sheila♥

Dx 4/8/2005, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 28, 2009 11:18PM salncrackers wrote:

Sheila and any others who can help,

Thank you so much for caring enough to write so much.  I am clearly anxious but do not think that is my problem (maybe I'm in denial...lol).  Mainly, I am concerned because of what my doctor said AND my breasts are so sore.  I hate taking my bra off because gravity just pulls so hard!  I'm twenty-eight (I can't remember if I said that), so I know that breast cancer is unlikely but with my grandma and a young fellow teacher I know who got it at this exact age, I'm nervous.  Anyhoo, I am from Michigan but travel back and forth between there and South Carolina.  So, if you somehow miraculously know of somewhere I can go for a free mammogram, that would be so helpful.  I'm not quite sure how to find that information.  In Michigan, at the place I'm going for the "less fortunate", they only give free mams to women over 40.  The breast soreness has been bothering me for some time and I can't really tell the difference of a lump or not because I have medium-sized breasts, so it's just difficult to tell what I'm pushing on.  Anyway, if you or anyone else has any more advice, I would really be grateful. 

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Sep 28, 2009 11:20PM salncrackers wrote:

weesa,

They're not angiomas; those, for the most part, are raised.  My fiance, who is super fair-skinned, has them all over his belly.  They're the same bright red color, but mine are tinier and not raised. 

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Sep 28, 2009 11:35PM sheila888 wrote:

I don't know if PLANNED PARENTHOODis only in NY or not. If you have one where you are you can start there by making an app to see the GYN. let her examine you if they feel something suspicious they will tell you where to go or what to do. the fee is sliding scale (very low)

Check it out. If I come across more info i post again. Good Luck

Sheila♥

Dx 4/8/2005, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 29, 2009 01:39AM sheila888 wrote:

Okay this the info I gathered for you. I know you are saying that had a physical.

Maybe you feel better if you see a GYN.

Its operated by PP one is in Charleston, SC    1-843-628-4380

                                          Columbia, SC    1-803-256-4908

It also says you can speak to someone about Breast Health or get examined.

You got nothing to loose by calling them. Good Luck     SmileSheila

Sheila♥

Dx 4/8/2005, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Oct 5, 2009 09:23AM glanter wrote:

When you are in Charleston - Call the Charleston Breast Center - the outreach coordinator is Stephanie - they may be able to help.  (843) 556-0116. 

Gail

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Oct 6, 2009 07:40AM salncrackers wrote:

To glanter and seyla88,

Thank you so, so, so much for giving me such detailed help.  I've been ignoring my concerns for the past week or so, but my breasts are so sore (and no, I'm not pregnant) that I can't pretend any longer.  Thank you.  I am calling those places as soon as they open today. 

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Apr 24, 2012 09:32PM aubie08 wrote:

Hi I know this post is really old but I googled "small red dots on chest" and found this...and I actually have some of the same problems you do! Atleast once a day, usually in the morning, I get very nauseous and light-headed. For about the past 6 months or longer, I've had stages were my breast are not only sore, but I have like almost burning pains if I bent over or sometimes just sitting there. Since all my symptoms have been so random, I thought I would take to the internet first before going to a doctor. I'm only 22 and I don't think anybody in my family has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer. Just wondering if you ever figured anything out!