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what would cause bruising on a breast?

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I'm 36 , for a few months I've had a rash come and go on side (by ARM) of my breast. From my nipple to base of breast. It's a rather large area that itches like crazy! I will keep it for a few weeks then it will stop itching and go away for a few weeks. My husband noticed a couple of small purple bruises around the rash. Now two days later there are more small bruises 7 in all. I'm wortied because my mom had to have a breast removed due to cancer 11 years ago. My question is what would cause bruising on a breast like this. Just small dots about the size of an eraser. Thank you.

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replied May 4th, 2012
Breasts Answer A34580
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

Having such kind of itchy, bruise like rash is not a symptom of breast cancer. It can be due to an illfitting bra, an allergic reaction or skin conditions like hives, pityriasis rosea or dermatitis skin.

You should get this rash examined from a dermatologist. Since your mother had a history of breast cancer, it is better to get a mammography done to rule out any breast cancer.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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