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Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 06:44AM - edited Apr 15, 2018 06:58AM by Cass22

Cass22 wrote:

Hi everyone I'm Cass. I'm a 23 year old girl and have been concerned with a bruise that turned into a red mark on my left breast. Back in February, my cat jumped on my chest, leaving behind a bruise. The bruise went through its stages after a week, but the red spot never left. It looks like it has broken capillaries in it and is about the size of a dime.

Now this morning after my shower, I noticed another one on my right breast. This one is smaller and less noticeable, but has the same broken blood vessel look.

I've done my monthly exams and found no lumps anywhere, but there does seem to be a small bump beneath the skin under each of these red spots. The older one no longer has a bump but the newer one still does.

Could this be a fungal infection that has taken homage in my breasts? Or could it be breast cancer? I am going to the doctor to get it checked out on Monday.

I should probably add that I've never had kids, I do have severe anxiety, and I have endometriosis. The spots do not hurt or itch. Thank you for your time.

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Apr 15, 2018 06:52AM CindyNY wrote:

You're so young, and your symptoms (to me) do not sound like breast cancer. Try to do some relaxing breathing techniques to relieve some of your anxiety. You're doing the right thing and getting in to see your Dr on Monday. Best wishes to you!

dx at 58, no family history, onco = 19 Dx 10/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/1/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 15, 2018 09:53AM Moderators wrote:

Hi there Cass22,

We're sorry to read that you're having breast cancer concerns especially at such a young age.

it's normal to worry about changes in your breasts and Cindy gives some good advice about doing some relaxation exercises as this may ease your anxiety.

Again, you're doing the right thing by seeing your doctor as no one here could ever know what your symptoms mean.

Best of luck,

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Apr 15, 2018 11:55PM mustlovepoodles wrote:

It doesn't really sound like cancer, especially at age 23. There are multiple benign causes for red spots and bruising. Since this is something worrisome to you, you are wise to have it checked. Let us know how it goes.

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/19/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Apr 16, 2018 12:08AM wrenn wrote:

"Breast cancer concerns" over a cat jumping on a breast is over stating it even for this forum. It is shameful the way people with anxiety are not encouraged to seek help away from cancer sites. I worry about people with anxiety who are encouraged to be concerned about cancer when the issue is "fear".

Cass22 if the cat left a mark on your nose or arm would you worry that it was cancer? Please talk to your doctor about your irrational fears.

I wish you comfort. Please talk to someone about your fears. Anxiety can be deadly and you are so young to have these worries. Take care of yourself.

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Apr 16, 2018 05:31AM Cass22 wrote:

I'm sorry if I've offended you or something. It's just that I've had more appear without my cat jumping on me and they are only on my breasts. Just this morning another appeared.

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Apr 16, 2018 06:13AM wrenn wrote:

You didn't offend me. I am frustrated by people who are careless with people with anxieties. I have it and I have a daughter who I would want treated carefully.

I think if you talk to your doctor about this they can help and I don't think you should assume it is cancer. For one thing cancer will most often be in one breast only and many things can go wrong with skin. Breasts have skin like the rest of the body so maybe your doctor will refer you to a dermatologist but I think you should not ignore the fact that you have fears that you have cancer when the odds are so low.

I want you to feel peace and visiting a cancer site will encourage the opposite.


Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Apr 16, 2018 06:16AM Egads007 wrote:

It’s a smart thing to always get changes checked out...for your health and anxiety over it. Feel free to post any questions you have and please let us know how it goes on Monday. We’re here for you

"I base all my fashion choices on what doesn't itch" (Gilda Radner) Chemotherapy 3/20/2013 Doxil (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 8/23/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 16, 2018 06:50PM - edited Apr 16, 2018 06:51PM by mustlovepoodles

Shameful? wrenn, I can only guess that you were responding to me with your comment. I am not quick to advise tests, but when someone has a new thing going on with their breasts AND its worrisome AND they haven't had it checked out yet, I think the wise course of action is to consult a healthcare practitioner.

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/19/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Apr 16, 2018 07:04PM Egads007 wrote:

Thank you (so very much). I had a problem with the word myself, along with "irrational", as the worries are very real to the OP at the time of posting.

"I base all my fashion choices on what doesn't itch" (Gilda Radner) Chemotherapy 3/20/2013 Doxil (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 8/23/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 16, 2018 08:05PM wrenn wrote:

Sorry. I forgot the "know your audience" rule.

I will not bring up this topic again.

Dear Cass22, I wish you peace.

Have a good day.

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Apr 16, 2018 08:30PM mustlovepoodles wrote:

Wow. Passive aggressive much?

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/19/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Apr 16, 2018 08:34PM wrenn wrote:

I am exasperated with the disregard for the harm catering to anxiety can do on this site. So I felt my post was not in any way passive. :-)

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Apr 16, 2018 08:54PM - edited Apr 16, 2018 08:54PM by mustlovepoodles

I do understand your exasperation. I have seen many posts in which the individual has expressed extreme concern over some rash, lump, or bump.They are understandably anxious. Many times they are advised to get an ultrasound, mammogram, or MRI immediately, regardless of the fact that they haven't even seen a doctor about their concerns. I think that's wrong.

No one on this thread has remotely suggested that this is something serious as breast cancer. We have all agreed that since this is something new it should be checked. If you had a red spot for several months would you not have it checked? The list of benign things it could be is long, especially at age 23. That is not encouraging anxiety. Its encouraging appropriate surveillance.

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/19/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Apr 16, 2018 08:54PM Egads007 wrote:

I fail to see how telling a very young woman with anxiety issues to seek medical advice for breast changes AND her anxiety could be considered ‘catering’. My son was racked with anxiety disorder in his teens and every one of his therapists I spoke to told me to NEVER tell him it was all in his head or ‘irrational’. The certified professionals told me that for him it was very real, and that only continuous dialogue with a professional would give him the tools he needed to cope. Far be it from me to tell the OP that she’s irrational....especially when there actual has been changes in her breasts. I think that most of the replies here did exactly what was needed....telling her to get the changes and anxiety checked out...for her piece of mind.

"I base all my fashion choices on what doesn't itch" (Gilda Radner) Chemotherapy 3/20/2013 Doxil (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 8/23/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 17, 2018 07:55PM Recap wrote:

Hi there-we know our own bodies-never ignore animal-related infections. Glad you made an appointment to be evaluated.

Cats/Fleas/Ticks carry organisms/bacteria that yes under the right circumstances could explain your symptoms.

I googled cat scratch fever breasts just now and there are a few scholarly reports out there about it.

Here is an excerpt from one dated 2017:

Benign lymphoreticulosis (cat scratch disease, CSD) may have a clinical course that varies from the most common lymphadenitis localized in the site of inoculation, preceded by the typical "primary lesion," to a context of severe systemic involvement. Among these uncommon clinical aspects, there is mammarian granulomatous lymphadenitis which may appear as a mastitis or a solitary intraparenchymal mass, giving the impression of a breast tumor. In these cases, intensive clinical, instrumental, and laboratory investigations are necessary

Nothing wrong with coming to this forum for information and support. I don't know of any breast infection forums? IMO the benign nothings of today can become something more over time.

[I had a tick on my right breast 20yrs ago that burrowed into the skin leaving me with a tiny pinhole ulceration with a tiny pinhead of white pus, plus the dramatic red bullseye which faded to the appearance of a circle of tiny spider veins radiating out from my tiny ulceration. (I used a Qtip with peroxide (brown bottle) to treat the pinhole) and it all went away-leaving a tiny tiny little scar I can still see today.]

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Apr 18, 2018 01:34AM mustlovepoodles wrote:

Wow, recap. That was very enlightening. Thanks!

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/19/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Apr 18, 2018 02:29PM - edited Apr 18, 2018 02:29PM by djmammo

Cass22

Did the cat's nails pierce your skin when he/she jumped on you?

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