Skin Moles Under Breast

Acrochordons are more commonly referred to as skin tags and are normally benign skin growths that appear around eyelids, armpits, neck and under breasts. They do vary in shape, size and pigmentation, but are usually quite smooth or sometimes may have a few wrinkles. Most people with skin tags look at having them removed with surgical procedures.

Get Rid of Mole, Warts or Skin Tags in Just 3 Days

The cost of removing acrochordons can vary depending on the procedure and location of treatment. As all procedures are for cosmetic reasons they are not normally covered by medical insurance. However, there are plenty of natural remedies available for removing skin tags that are safe, cheap and reliable. Many remedies can be tried at home using readily available products from your kitchen.

Some home remedies can be as simple as tying the stalk of the tag with thread and waiting for the main tag to fall off within a few days. Other methods include applying nail polish directly onto the tag and effectively killing it over the course of a few days. Results vary from person to person depending on the technique used and the size of skin tag that requires treatment. Most natural remedies are as effective as surgical procedures but have the added benefit of being a fraction of the cost.

After treating skin tags, whether through a surgical procedure or a natural remedy, there is no indication whether they will grow back. The simple fact is that some people are more prone to developing these than others. If you are prone to skin tags and want to reduce the possibility of developing more in the future, then just being aware of some of the causes can really help you prevent future acrochordons from developing.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I've experienced moles under my breast from a bra.Would a bra cause moles to develop?
    Only recently did I detect moles under my breast. There is on that's irretable from time to time and
    causes my skin to become irritated. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      A bra could not cause moles. They are genetically determined.

  2. QUESTION:
    I just found a mole-like bubble under my breast?
    Im 22 weeks and I dont have any moles, but this one, just appeared and it is skin color.
    Looks kind of like a skin bubble? I go to ob/gyn today, but should I worry?

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't worry until your doctor says you need to worry. Just tell your doctor about it and see what they say.

      My doctor told me not to do self checks during pregnancy or while breast feeding because I would most likely find something uncommon or weird and he didn't want me to stress out.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have skin cancer where the sun never hits?
    Im fair skinned, light eyed, have had unusual moles in the past checked out for melanoma but was ok, i do have a lot of moles.. BUT there seems to have appeared a VERY unusual mole under my breast. its pretty big, has different shades, and uneven edges.. so pretty sure thats not good. but how can it be that it appears i a place that has never seen the sun??

    • ANSWER:
      Please have the mole checked out asap. And yes, skin melanomas can still grow in areas that don't get to see the sun. This is because the sun's UV rays can penetrate through solid surfaces as well, such as umbrellas, window planes, clothes.

      Also, not all skin cancers are caused by direct/ indirect exposure to UV rays. Some possible factors could be diet, lifestyle, adverse habits such as smoking and excessive drinking. Some causes are unknown entirely.

      Therefore, the question you should be asking right now isn't really what's caused the mole to go irregular, but really what next. See a dermatologist/ the same dr u'd gone to to check out your other moles asap.

      take care.

  4. QUESTION:
    Skin moles and mole removal?
    Hi,
    I'm basically wondering about moles on the skin. I've recently had a few more appear on my arms and whilst they're small and not disgusting looking like some moles can be I'm wondering if some of the larger ones I have could be removed and whether a doc can do this for me. For instance I have one under my breast and recently it's been getting bigger and really irritable by my bras so would this be a good enough reason to have it removed or would I need to pay for it to be cosmetically removed?
    Also, should I be worried about the fact that these new moles are appearing?
    Cheers

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Dry dark patchy area in underarms, and sore red rashy patch under breast.... help please!?
    I noticed about a week ago that there was a really sore, red, rashy patch on the underneath/side of one breast, about 1.5inches in diameter. It would get really flaky overnight, and dry, and then go sore again the next day when wearing a bra etc. It started to fade after a few days of moisturiser and savlon, but then came back again.

    I also noticed I have three tiny moles that have appeared on my left armpit, not sure how long they have been there. Around the same time as the patch of dry skin on my breast, I also seemed to develop a patch of darker, browny reddish dry skin in a small patch on my left underarm, and a smaller, less noticeable one on my right. They have gradually become darker, and upon checking them this morning, my left armpit patch seems to have spread inwards towards my front, discolouring the skin a little darker.

    I usually have great skin, slightly olivey colour that is never dry. I have been at uni for a month now, but havent changed my washing power. Any suggestions? thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      The rash on your chest sounds like a type of fungal infection. Probably due to rubbing and heat around the bottom of your bra.

      The armpit moles are probably also heat related. Not sure what you can do about it though.

      You should go to see your GP about these problems. But don't worry about any of it too much. The person who mentioned "cancerous" is trying to scare you.

      A medicinal cream prescribed by the doc should clear the rash on your chest up, the moisturiser only, well, moisturises it, it doesn't take the infection away.

      Hope I helped. :) Good luck with that.

  6. QUESTION:
    My breast (more like my heart) hurts? Could it be skin cancer?
    Right under my left breast in my heart, there's this pain, it feels like im being stabbed etc. The pain usuallly goes on and off as in it'll hurt for a minute, then later it goes away, then it comes back again!
    Wierd but annoying!

    One thing it might be causing it, is maybe the...mole in my breast. Above it, on the same breast where i feel the stabbing pain. Um I think its skin cancer. COULD BE. Im concernd the breast pain could be fromt the mole (I dnt know) It's been there for ten years already. It never changed colors or shapes or anyone.

    What do you think.?

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a preteen girl to get breast cancer?
    I know that people say the chances are extremely low, but I want to know if you think I should tell my relatives so they can get me a mammogram. When I was 11, this little mole formed under my left breast. I'm unsure if it would be classified as ON the breast; it's just below it. For a period of about six months, this mole grew and became raised. It's dark brown, symmetrical, about a quarter of a centimeter large (estimation), and a bit raised. For a few weeks when I was 11, there was a patch of red, itchy skin below this mole; this persisted for nearly a month. The mole doesn't seem to have grown since then, and the itchy patch went away. I am now 13 and thinking that it seriously could be breast consider; initially, I shrugged it off as a "nah.." but as of now I'm more dubious and worried. I deem myself healthy; I'm not overweight, exercise regularly, and eat very well. This is not the only mole on my body; I've also got one on my neck that's been there since I was 5, along with a few more and a bunch of freckles along my arms and upper torso. My skin is fair and insufferably prone to sunburn. My father has several large, lumpy moles along his face, and has many freckles and moles along his upper torso, as well. So, what do you conclude? Should I keep quiet about it (because it would be terribly embarrassing and seem senseless to my family if I said, "I think I have breast cancer"), or should I tell someone about it? Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      You don't have to make a scary assumption about the mole. When you talk to your relatives about it, tell them that you have a mole that has changed and is sometimes itchy.
      As you already know, all suspicious moles should be checked by a doctor.
      This will save you the embarrassment of telling them something that you don't want to.
      It doesn't sound like breast cancer to me but it could be a precancerous mole. I have had many removed myself. Its not a big deal.
      Good luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    A younger friend of mine is 15, and she just told me she has breast cancer?
    I'm 19, she's 15.
    I'm like a big sister to her, so she came to me to show me what she thought was breast cancer.
    It's not a mole or a lump,
    It's something circular under her skin, like a marble was put under her skin, right in between her breasts.

    I was wondering if it is possible that this IS breast cancer,
    and also If girl's so young can get this cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      In between isn't in her breast. Marble feeling lump under the skin is a cyst.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can i romove this mole?
    Hi i have a mole under my left breast it's actually not a skin mole it's sticking out of my skin but it's not really big so i wanted to know is it safe to remove it myself . how much doe sit cost to have a derm remove it for you but anyway what is a safe way to remove it myself if possible????

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest if it is not creating any problem, don't remove.

      For any suggestion or home made beauty care tips you can visit the source site.

  10. QUESTION:
    I've discovered a mole like growth on my breast surrounded by redness. Should I be worried?
    I am 30 years old. Just yesterday I discovered a mole like growth on my left breast just under my areola. It is not dark in color and doesn't bother me in the least. I feel absolutely nothing when I touch it. Around the raised growth the skin is red. The growth is also reddish or pink but the skin around it is bright red. I don't examine my breasts daily but I do know that I did not have it last week. Is this something that I should be worried about? Has anyone else had the same problem or symptom? Thanks to all who answer. I appreciate your kind and thoughtful answers. Thanks again and may God bless you.

    • ANSWER:
      Contrary to popular belief you should worry about a growth or lump if it does not hurt more than you should if it does not. This is so because if the lump does hurt chances are high that you may have hurt your self. Sometimes a person develops lumps during their period.

      Signs that suggest a lump is more likely to be cancerous:
      The lump is firm and hard
      The lump is not discrete; it is not easily distinguishable
      The lump is fixed in the breast; it does not move
      There is only one lump
      There is not an identical lump in the opposite breast
      The skin of breast is dimpled
      The lump is accompanied by bloody nipple discharge

      Signs that suggest a lump is less likely to be cancerous:
      The lump is soft
      The lump is discrete; it is easily distinguishable
      The lump moves in the breast
      There are multiple breast lumps
      There is an identical lump in the opposite breast
      The lump disappears after the menstrual cycle

      As women we should check our breasts monthly preferably a week after our pereods.
      A self examination is easy and essential.
      heres how you go about doing it.
      Lie down with a pillow or folded towel under the right shoulder and place the right arm behind the head. Check the entire breast and armpit area using the pads of the first three middle fingers on the left hand to feel for lumps, changes, or irregularities in the right breast. Apply 3 pressures-light, medium, and deep-in dime-sized circles to feel the entire thickness of the breast." A firm ridge in the lower curve of each breast is normal. The exam should then be repeated on the left breast, using the finger pads of the right hand (the pillow or folded towel should also be moved under the left shoulder at this time).
      It is important to thoroughly examine the entire area of the breast every month:
      Outside: armpit to collar bone, and below the breast
      Middle: the breast itself
      Inside: the nipple area

      cancerous tumors are more likely to be found in some parts of the breast than in others. Approximately half of all breast cancers occur in the upper, outer region of the breast toward the armpit.

      Approximate percentage of breast cancers found in each area:
      41% in the upper, outer quadrant
      14% in the upper, inner quadrant
      5% in the lower, inner quadrant
      34% in the area behind the nipple
      6% in the lower, outer quadrant

      I suggest you visit your gp asap. If its nothing to worry about, you be in a better state of mind, if there is the earlier you treat it the better.

      I hope that yoursare just a lump and that you will be fine
      Good Luck

  11. QUESTION:
    How do i know if i have a skin tag?? PLEASE HELP ='(?
    okayy.. i am 13 years old by the way.
    im not sure if i have a freckle or mole or a skin tag,,,
    i have one under my right breast,my lower stomach, and on my lower back(near my butt cheeks)
    i have a small black dot on the spots i mentioned ^^^^^^
    its a small black spot and its kinda bumpy. like it has a bump to it..
    Will it grow when i get older ! ??????
    bcuz i already have a big mole on my back..and i dont wear bikinis bcuz of that mole =(
    Also i have small black spots on my body parts.and they are flat..with no bump on them..are they freckles? PLEASE HELP

    • ANSWER:
      Your best bet is it get it checked out by your doctor. It's better to get a professional opinion, and be safe than sorry.

  12. QUESTION:
    removing mole on my breast?
    i find it embarrsing, its not like a big warty mole its one of them thats under the skin.. i've had it for years and want to get it removed. how would i go about doing that?

    • ANSWER:
      You can remove your moles at home with a product called Dermatend. I have used it to remove 6 moles from my body, all of them without scarring. This product is very effective, I have tried to remove 6 moles and all 6 were removed. So it does work, one of my moles was gone in 5 days actually.

      I liked this product for several reasons, 1st it's all natural and 2nd it comes with a 100% guarantee. So if for some reason or another it doesn't work, send it back. There is a healing balm that is sold with it to help prevent scarring.

      I ordered Dermatend from http://www.skinmole-removal.com

  13. QUESTION:
    Could I have skin cancer?
    I have a mole about 2" under my left breast, on the upper part of my belly. Except, the "mole" has no color! If I prick at it, it does not hurt. Could this be skin cancer? I do have a history of cancer in my family.

    Also, I will be visiting my women's doctor soon, should I have her look at it?
    All kinds of cancer run in my family:

    -Colon
    -Lymph Nodes
    -Lung
    -Skin Cancer
    -Stomach

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to truly know is to go for a diagnosis. You should ask your doctor about it and to examine you.

      Although you may have a family history of cancer, it does not mean that you will necessarily have one. You need to pay attention to your diet and do more regular exercises to reduce your risk.

      To know more about skin cancer, here are some articles that you can refer to
      http://www.healthandwellnesscentral.com/Category/Skin-Cancer/81

  14. QUESTION:
    concerned about my breast health & health overall, am I being a hypochondriac?
    I'm 21 over the past few months the skin problems I've been having with my breasts have been getting worse.

    I have lots of broken capillaries on the skin, though faint, and lately I've been getting these little red spots. I don't know what they are. I have a few of them, 2-3 on each breast. Little red blemishes, smaller than the head of a thumbtack. Also little tiny scaly patches of skin.

    I've also discovered recently under my right breast what looks like a very bad mole - like a melanoma. It's small, irregularly shaped and kind of red and brown. I am scared. I have large breasts and did not notice this until now, because of its awkward position. could it be making me sick? o.o

    Also, I recently discovered on a hard-to-reach spot on the back of my left arm another bad mole, it's irregularly shaped.

    and a mole on my armpit, that I've had for years seems to be getting bigger, it's got little marks on its borders. I'm so so scared, help please

    • ANSWER:
      Well I would say it's right to be concerned about your health but you shouldn't stress yourself to death. It could be a skin problem/condition that developed around your breasts, and it can be mild to severe. My best recommendation is that you go to the doctor and check it out. If you're worried about breast cancer, breast cancer is sometimes hereditary and often women feel signs of "lumps" or abnormalities. If you're worried about the skin cancer, ask yourself if it runs in your family, if you don't wear protection against the sun, if you tan a lot, etc.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have a purple thing and a mole on the bottom of my breast?
    It's not a bump or anything. I wouldn't have even known it was there if it weren't for the mole causing pain. It's just kinda purple in color. I haven't had any injuries. It's just kinda there and I don't know for how long. The mole started as a bump I noticed. It took it about a month or so to actually pop up and be noticable as a mole. Now that it has, it looks like it's trying to fall off. It's just kinda hanging there and it's painful. I don't have any lumps or knots in my breast that I know of. I'm not sure what's going on. I don't know if it's relevant, but I also noticed a lump under my arm when I was taking a shower this morning. When I looked at it. It was kinda pinkish brown and it's not sore, either. I first thought it was just a bump, but this feels like it's under the skin. It's hard to describe. It just doesn't feel like a bump. It feels like something else. It's not hard, but it's not soft. Please if you have any idea, I'd love to hear it. I'm 26 years old and have two kids. I'm not sure if that is relevant or not, either. One is 9 and the other is 4. I did breast feed both for the first three months. I'm kinda starting to worry. My family has a long history of cancer. Especially breast cancer. I just need to know if that's a possibility or if something else could be going on. Thank you all so very much in advance.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    doctors and nurses plz help.?
    like in october i notice i have something above my breast and i told my mom and dad.it hurts bad.the next day at school i went to the school nurse and she said it probably was a black mole under the skin.i showed my family doctor and my uncle who is a doctor and they said they don't know what it is.would u no what is

    • ANSWER:
      get a mammogram or see a dermatologist

  17. QUESTION:
    Could any of my moles be cancerous?
    FYI: i will schedule an appointment with a dermatologist, but wanted to hear public opinion first.

    First off, i have a LOT of moles, and i'm pale skinned so they stand out. 25 years old. The ones on my face are spreading. A friend said that's due to shaving. But i must shave for work!

    I'll point out the weird looking moles:

    - i have one that is circular brown, but white in the middle with a hair coming out.

    - i have a few huge dark round moles, ranging from mahogany brown to Dark chocolate brown (almost black).

    - i have a purple-ish bruse? That is under my left pec/breast. And it seems to not go away (1 month +).

    - same spot near the heart, are 2 new moles, both very different. One is protruding and looks more like a wart (brown). The other is flat but lighter in color and not symetrical.

    - i noticed 2 bright red dots appear near the center of my chest, 2 weeks ago, still there.

    Should i be worried? Or am i overreacting?

    • ANSWER:
      GET THEM CHECKED....MELANOMA IS REALLY SCARY. I LOST MY BEST FRIEND TO IT.

  18. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about new moles/freckles/beauty spots appearing?
    I've had lots of dark spots on my skin for as long as I can remember. They've never bothered me, as none of them are very big.. They're just a part of me. But recently, I've noticed that I'm getting more. I had a small bump on my upper lip that I thought was a pimple, but a few days later it was flat and dark. I also have a larger on on my right areola (circle around the nipple), which I've always considered cute, but suddenly I have a matching one on my left! I also discovered a fairly large one under my right breast.

    Should I be concerned? It's not an aesthetic thing, I love my body no matter what, I'm just nervous because of how quickly they're appearing. I've noticed the latest ones within the past few months, and I can't remember ever spotting new ones anytime before that.

    Here's a (VERY old, absolutely horrifying) picture for reference. The largest mark I have is the one on my cheek.

    http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee135/gh0stling/11.png
    The link to the picture didn't seem to work! Here's another host.

    http://i28.tinypic.com/343manm.png

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      I would say that if it worries you, then it warrants a check by a trained pair of eyes. As a malignant melanoma survivor, I found my cancer that same way - a new spot. Beyond childhood, any new spot or mole is cause for concern. A dermatologist is your best bet, but they can be hard to get in to see. Most family doctors have no problem in removing a mole that you feel is suspicious. Mine came off with only one stitch required, and only tylenol needed for discomfort. From there it will go to the lab. If it is something to worry about, your doctor will get you in to see a dermatologist ASAP.

      Check out my info on skin cancer at Suite 101.com here:

      http://www.suite101.com/profile.cfm/vandew
      or e-mail me if you like!

  19. QUESTION:
    I have a hard lump under my left arm, help?
    Hi everyone, I have been having all kinds of problems here lately, for the last month I have been getting Petachia (and some of them I think are bleeding out through the skin), breaking out in a bunch of brown spots that look like moles. Anyway, I had a head pain for 8 days on the left side and on the 5th day by left side of face, neck and back of shoulder swelled up, around that time I noticed that my under arm area started to hurt too. I have had blood work done and it was fine, a cat scan of my brain that was normal, I have been to the primary doctor, a nuerologist and the ENT, all for the swelling of my face and neck. The ENT said he thought it was muscle and not swollen lymph nodes. Mean under my left arm and down it and my left breast have been hurting. I went to my GYN for that problem and for a growth on my private area. He checked my breast and they were normal, he checked my private and told me I had a genital wart. This floored me so I forgot to ask him to check under my arm. SOO its hard under my arm and it does not hurt when I push on it or anything. My arm hurts in general so I dont know if its from that or not. I am scared that I have cancer! All my blood work was normal but I dont think you can see cancer in a normal blood work. I told my doctor about the lump under my arm but he said to keep an eye on it. Why wont he do more testing. I am freaking out. Does this sound like cancer??
    can it wait until Tuesday or do I need to go now to the ER?
    Charlie, thank you for your very detailed response but I do not understand it sorry...

    • ANSWER:
      i believe that cancer patients usually have a low white blood cell count and they can usually tell by your blood if it's cancer, but this sounds pretty bad, so even if this isn't cancer it sounds pretty serious
      keep going back to your doctor, don't give up

  20. QUESTION:
    Grey bump underneath breast?
    It's been there for a while and I thought it may've been from sweat but it hasn't cleared up. It's kind of shiny and oval shaped as well, just under the skin and doesn't seem like something you can pop. I asked my mother and she said it looked like a raised mole but I haven't had one there. I DO plan to see a doctor about it but still. I haven't heard anything about this at all and I'm curious to what it could be till then :/

    • ANSWER:
      Get it checked..

      http://www.nbcam.org/
      http://www.breastcancerawareness.com/
      http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/

  21. QUESTION:
    help please read this! I'm scared :( ?
    I'm 21 over the past few months the skin problems I've been having with my breasts have been getting worse.

    I have lots of broken capillaries on the skin of my breasts, though faint, and lately I've been getting these little red spots. I don't know what they are. I have a few of them, 2-3 on each breast. Little red blemishes, smaller than the head of a thumbtack. Also little tiny scaly patches of skin.

    I've also discovered recently under my right breast what looks like a very bad mole - like a melanoma. It's small, irregularly shaped and kind of red and brown. I am scared. I have large breasts and did not notice this until now, because of its awkward position. could it be making me sick? o.o

    Also, I recently discovered on a hard-to-reach spot on the back of my left arm another bad mole, it's irregularly shaped.

    and a mole on my armpit, that I've had for years seems to be getting bigger, it's got little marks on its borders. I'm so so scared, help please

    • ANSWER:
      Why don't you just make an appointment to see your doctor? :) No one here can diagnose you with anything and in any case, the sooner you can get in to see a professional, the better. Good luck :)

  22. QUESTION:
    Medical advice: Breasts?
    I have had a lump in one of my breasts for about 6 months, maybe longer. When I first noticed it, it was about pea sized, right now, I would say its the size of an average grape. It is not painful and it isnt visible. I can feel it under the skin on the left side close to the armpit, but still on the breast. I also have the small spots around that have recently been appearing (in the last couple months or so). They look kind of like moles but they are very light brown in color, darker than my skin, but lighter than a mole and they are pretty small, like the size of a head on a pin.. I'd also like to note that I have been breatfeeding for a year and a half. Could this be cancerous? Or is it related to my breatfeeding? Or does it sound like something else..

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    Was the Doctor inappropriate?
    Today I had a skin check done (to look for moles etc) and he looked under my bra (the cups) I wanted to say how skin cancer or moles would get there as I do not lie in the sun topless...he didn't offer me privacy behind a curtain either...I had to also have a breast exam cause I have a swollen breast and he then wanted to check my breathing with my bra off 9I told him i had asthma and have coughed up blood this morning so I assumed that is why he wanted to check my breathing)....then when I got changed again he was sitting at his desk not looking but I wanted to ask If I could close the curtain..anyway was he inappropriate?

    • ANSWER:
      He should have asked if you felt comfortable with him checking there. It depends on how professional his manner was.

      My doctor asked if I was comfortable with him feeling under my arms for a physical.

  24. QUESTION:
    Mammogram, Advice Please! ?
    I had a mammogram done 5 months ago, and they called me in for a ultrasound scan, as there was a really small bit of something on the mammogram! When they ultrasounded it, they saw nothing! They said they were completely happy and i was to have a repeat mammogram on the breast this small marl had shown on in 6 mths time! Anyway, they also wondered if the mark was something on my skin, like a mole, but it wasn;t ! Anyway, the next day I notice a big white head under the skin where they had been interested in looking! Would a whitehead have shown up on the mammogram?
    I had the mammogram as my sister had breast cancer the other yr below the age of 40! Thanks !

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the zit (if you will) can show up on a mammogram, and it is not uncommon for the radiologist to request additional imaging with skin marking. I did one like that last week, but it was a mole...not a sebaceous cyst (zit).

      You are due for that 6 month followup next month. Make, and keep, your appointment to be sure.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like cancer?
    Hi everyone, I have been having all kinds of problems here lately, for the last month I have been getting Petachia (and some of them I think are bleeding out through the skin), breaking out in a bunch of brown spots that look like moles. Anyway, I had a head pain for 8 days on the left side and on the 5th day by left side of face, neck and back of shoulder swelled up, around that time I noticed that my under arm area started to hurt too. I have had blood work done and it was fine, a cat scan of my brain that was normal, I have been to the primary doctor, a nuerologist and the ENT, all for the swelling of my face and neck. The ENT said he thought it was muscle and not swollen lymph nodes. Mean under my left arm and down it and my left breast have been hurting. I went to my GYN for that problem and for a growth on my private area. He checked my breast and they were normal, he checked my private and told me I had a genital wart. This floored me so I forgot to ask him to check under my arm. SOO its hard under my arm and it does not hurt when I push on it or anything. My arm hurts in general so I dont know if its from that or not. I am scared that I have cancer! All my blood work was normal but I dont think you can see cancer in a normal blood work. I told my doctor about the lump under my arm but he said to keep an eye on it. Why wont he do more testing. I am freaking out. Does this sound like cancer??

    I would like to add that the lump is very hard! It does not move, it does not hurt when I push it but it hurts around it and my actually arm is now hurting! Its not red in anyway and you can see by looking at it that it is swollen. I would not think it was cancer if I had not had other symptoms also, like tiny red blood dots under my skin, breaking out in small brown spots that look like moles, and the whole left side of my face and neck are swollen.

    Thanks
    I dont trust anyone on the internet, i was just fishing for ideas, sometimes people have the same experience at others! One CBC blood test and a cat scan of my brain does not address this huge hard knot in my arm pit!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like your Dr's are running a variety of tests to rule out things and narrow down the problem.

      If it were me; I would be more inclined to trust their opinions than those of strangers on the internet who have not examined me and have no access to my medical records.

  26. QUESTION:
    Brown spots on lower cleavage?
    When I was pale I really didn't notice them much, but I've been tanning for about a week because I am going on vacation and there are some little brown spots on the lower part of my cleavage and they kind of spread out under my breasts. They are the shape and size of tinea versacolor spots, but they lack texture or scaly-ness and they are darker than my skin tone. They are not moles or freckles. I burnt myself the 2nd time I went tanning and now it's just a tan. Should I see a dermatologist?
    Could it maybe be irritation from my bra?
    Also the only medication I am on is Yazmin, which is an oral contraceptive. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      See a dermatologist

  27. QUESTION:
    Freckle appears possible cancer?
    Recently I have discovered a freckle. It's dark brown not real big, but like I said I just noticed it. It's like a bump and doesn't have a nice spherical shape, like most freckles. I looked on google and have read about melanoma cancer, and I wonder if that may be something to ask my doctor. I have been in the sun a lot since I started my junior year, so I've had extra exposure to sun lately.

    I've never noticed this freckle before, and it's located under my right breast. So I would have noticed it. I actually jumped a little when I saw it (thought it was a bug) it was unexpected. It's a little bigger than 1/10 of a mm. Not that big.

    I haven't been feeling well lately so I have an appointment to see the Doc, and I hope I can get some answers or an appointment with a skin doctor. I'm not really familiar with how freckles form, and if you can explain that would be appreciated. Difference from freckles and moles. bump or just flat.

    Please&ThankYou=)

    • ANSWER:
      I worked at a dermatologist for 5 years, and dealt with a lot of people who had skin cancer and biopsy's of mole done. I myself had melanoma when I was 25 so I am pretty familiar with it all. First off you will continue to get new and changing moles until you are around 35 years old, so don't be surprised if something new pops up. Freckles will be flat and moles will be raised. Do not be concerned unless you have a freckle or mole that is raised and itchy, changes color, has irregular borders (you should be able to draw a line down the center or horizontal and both sides match) or is larger then the tip of an eraser on a pencil. It is not typical for someone your age to develop skin cancer, but it does happen. Unless you have any of these symptoms I wouldn't worry. If you do have symptoms then just ask for a biopsy at your next visit. They will give you a local numbing medication and shave a piece off to send to a pathologist, usually takes 3 -5 days for results. Hope this helps.

  28. QUESTION:
    Suspicious Mole...what should I do?
    I have a mole about the size of 3 pencil erasers put together, it is all brown, but an odd shape, and is located on my right breast. I have had it biopsied and it came back negative, but they said that it goes down like 4 layers under my skin. Could it just be dormant, and become cancerous later on? Should I have it removed? (it would definitely require stitches the doctor said.)
    always wear sunscreen, and DUH its on my BREAST it doesn't get exposed to the sun anyway!
    Well I got no answers that were helpful at all. I already said, the doctor said it was non-cancerous, and I am looking advise from nurses/doctors, or someone who has had experience. Not smart asses.

    • ANSWER:
      Have it checked out by your local doctor clinic, it might be cancerous if you spend too much time in the sun.
      xo

  29. QUESTION:
    whar factor sunblock do i need?
    i have got very very light skin with a bit brown moles,curly light brown hair and hazelish eyes.when i go in the sun they increase in number but i dont sunbath since a few years because i heard that is so unhealthy.my skin used to get red at first and i begun to be slightly bronze under the sun within the days and my skin used to peel off badly after.i have little marks on my breasts from sunbathing burns from 5-6 years ago.i used to use no sunblock.now i use 50 factor sunblock at summers,is this enough?could i have skin cancer by the years because of my old skin damages?there are two photos of me:
    http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/7030/07070418512100vg3.jpg

    http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/899/resim040tai1.jpg
    by the way im 16,5 years old

    • ANSWER:
      well those higher SPF's are not great for your skin. they work because they neutralize the UV rays once they enter your epidermis. that is a a lot of chemical reactions to happen inside your skin and some studies suggest that they can contribute to skin cancer.
      what I recommed to all my cleints is the physical sunblock. it sits on the surface of your skin and reflects the rays. they have lower SPF's so they need to be applied more often. but they are safer, they also protect against other enviromental factors like pollution and free radicals(cancer causers, ageing).
      look for a whiteish colored sunblock with Zinc oxcide and titanium oxide. DDF makes a really good organic sunblock with those 2 ingrediants.

  30. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms of melanoma or am I paranoid?
    Okay, I'm under sixteen, I'm twelve (Don't give me that "too young" thing, I understand the consequences and I'm probably more mature than some people on here). So I know my chances aren't very high, but not impossible so I'm asking. I have always had a mole a few cm below one of my breast. Lately, it looks as if it could just come off, and theirs a pink ring around it, and the mole is changing to a pinkish pale skin tone a little bit on one side of my mole. It looks like a mix of my skin and pink, but it's on the side of the mole.

    Honestly, my mom isn't going to book a appointment to our family doctor because my mole is changing. Knowing her.

    But even though my chances are not high, I'm a bit worried. It's been like this for months now, but I haven't really brought much care to it until I watched the Youtube video "Dear 16 year old me" that's about melanoma.

    What are your thoughts? Don't be rude, and be mature. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Any time a mole changes color, shape or size, it should be looked at by a dermatologist.

      ABC's of skin cancer

      A = Asymmetry
      B = Border
      C = Color
      D = Diameter
      E = Elevation

      http://sunsafetyalliance.blogspot.com/2009/06/learn-a-b-c-d-es-of-skin-cancer.html

  31. QUESTION:
    Please help! Having intrusive thoughts(OCD) about my daughter getting cancer!?
    This is really hard for me to talk about... I have 2 girls that I love dearly, one is 14 and one is 7. When my oldest daughter was 4 years old, my father died from a sudden heart attack and I was a single parent at the time. All of a sudden, I developed this constant fear of her dying. It is always cancer related and I don't know why. I had to go on medications because of this. The thought is always with me, but I do not think I am "crazy" because I believe something always triggers this feeling. If she has the flu it is all cancer symtoms to me. She has very sensitive skin which has contributed as a major benefit to these thoughts. Recently, she has a lump under her arm which turned out to be a staph infection. She also bruises very easily and quickly, which is a prominent sign of cancer. She also had a skin condition called dermatograhia which is due to a low immune system, which also raises the chances of cancer. And today just did me in...she had a mole biopsied 4 days ago and the doctor called me today and said she needed to have it surgically removed because it could turn into a cancerous mole if ignored. I have also had 2 aunts die from breast cancer. I have never had these thoughts about my younger child. Am I driving myself crazy??!! I even think that by merely "thinking" these thoughts will cause her to end up with cancer. I can't take it anymore because it is now affecting her and causing her to be a hypochondriac, which is the last thing I want to pass on to her. HELP!!! Any suggestions would be so appreciated! I can't live with these constant, 24 hour a day thoughts any longer! Please don't tell me to switch medications... I've tried them all as well as psychiatrists.
    21 seconds ago - 4 days left to answer

    • ANSWER:
      You say you've tried psychiatrists, have any of them worked with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? It deals with "training" the mind, and may be more effective for this type of thing than older types of talk therapy. Good luck, you shouldn't have to live with that.



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