I was diagnosed with stage three adenocarcinoma at age 27. I had a lumpectomy, mastectomy, adenoid dissection (19 positive) chemo, radiation and then at 30 a complete hysterectomy. I am now 31 and have had good levels for the past year. About a week ago I noticed two red dots on my chest right above my mastectomy scar. I have not been reconstructed as I am not a candidate for that surgery. The red dots are about the size of a pencil point and the larger one is raised up like a small pimple. I found another spot on my arm, but it is irregular and is raised as well. All three are a very bright red like someone colored on my skin. I do have radiation tattoos, but these spots aren't anywhere near those. I hate to run to my oncologist for every little thing. I do have my scheduled appointment in October. I wasn't sure if this was reason to be concerned or not. Advice? Thank you for your help.
Dear Melissa: The skin on the breast and the chest wall is like skin elsewhere and can develop pimples etc. It is also possible for breast cancer to spread to the skin. It may be that the only way to know whether or not to be concerned is to have the oncologist take a look at them. This is especially true if they appear to be growing. It is entirely appropriate to contact your oncologist about this new finding.
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