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Topic: Bright Red "Mole" on Left Breast (see profile pic)

Forum: Not Diagnosed but Worried — Meet others worried about developing breast cancer for the first time.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2009 08:46AM

dps wrote:

Hello, 

 About 2 years ago I discovered a pin sized red spot on my left breast. It wasn't raised, painful or itchy so I didn't pay it much thought. But recently it's started to change shape (it got bigger)  and the color seems to be a brighter red overall. It's also now slightly raised from the surface of my skin. It's relatively smooth (not scaly/scabby) but the bump itself is somewhat fibrous. (See profile pic). No lumps that I can find otherwise. Also, both of my breasts seem to be fluctuating in size recently. Currently, they are both larger than usual and thus tender to the touch. This swelling does not seem to be connected to my menstrual cycle.

I'm only 27 years old, but breast cancer does run in my family (both of my grandmothers were breast cancers survivors and my Aunt on my mother's side is a survivor as well).

I've been reading a little bit about IBC, but it sounds like that type of cancer is very fast spreading/symptoms occur more rapidly? Should I be worried about IBC even though this spot has been present for quite some time and is just as of recent starting to change?

Also, I don't have health insurance so I'm very worried about how to go about getting this checked. I know that I should go and get it looked at regardless, but I'm wondering if any of you know of services available to people fearing breast cancer without health care. 

Thanks, 

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Aug 7, 2009 09:01AM sheila888 wrote:

Hi Daniele,

I was reading a post yesterday, she also didn't have insurance (go to the post I got a free Ultrasound). She writes that she called   Susan G Komen website called their phone number and they helped her. Keep us posted.

Best Wishes and Good Luck

Smile Sheila Smile

Sheila♥

Dx 4/8/2005, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Aug 7, 2009 09:10AM dee1961 wrote:

I have a few too and they look like tiny red blood blisters. My PS said they are called cherry hemangiomas, these are essentially broken blood vessel endings visible on the surface of your skin. They are often the result of weakened skin, namely the loss of collagen that occurs as we age. If you start to have any other symtoms make sure you ahve a doctor check it to be sure. Take care,

D~

Love is never wrong

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Aug 7, 2009 11:28AM sheila888 wrote:

Dear Daniele,

I didn't mean to make you nervous before. I was just trying to answer your question.

I Have few of them on my body and couple of them happened to be on my breast. And they were there long before I was DX. Good luck whatever you decide to do.

Cool Sheila Cool

Sheila♥

Dx 4/8/2005, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Aug 7, 2009 11:36AM AnneW wrote:

yes, cherry hemangiomas. benign. caused by hormonal changes, heredity, whatever. but the ONLY was to know for sure is to have a health care provider look at it. posting a pic here for medical advice really isn't wise.

it sounds like you have lots of concerns about bc in general and your risks. there are resources available, for both education and funding. komen is a good place to start.

Anne

2002 IDC stage 1, grade 1, rads & AI

Dx 9/18/2007, ILC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 7, 2009 05:01PM dps wrote:

Thank you very much for all of your insights. I will definitely look into komen as a resource and certainly get a doctor's opinion no matter what. And i will keep you posted as to what is said. Sheila- not to worry at all about making me worry "more"... i am very thankful for you to share your knowledge, experience and thoughts with me. D and Anne - thanks for the info on cherry hemangiomas. I realize that posting a pic may draw folks to give input and "diagnose" more or less but as I did my own research I found myself wishing for more information outside of just written descriptions. I know that this is simply a space for friendly advice, rather than professional. Thanks again for all thoughts. Sending everyone positive energy.

Daniele

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Aug 7, 2009 05:09PM, edited Aug 7, 2009 05:11PM by hollyann

I have several of those...My oncologist said they are harmless....Not to worry abot them and so did my breast specialist.....They are somesort of hemangiomas that just come up... I have 3 or 4 of them........I have had them for years and I thought the same thing too that it had somethign to do with bc but it doesn't...Good luck to you sweetie and I hope you never have to join our club......

Hugs and Love....Lucy Dx 1-15-07 IDC stage 1b grade 1, 1.6 cm.....Also DCIS grade 3, both in left breast

Dx 1/15/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 1, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-