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hi. i woke up this morning with a bruise on my left breast. it looks like burst blood vessels. what would cause this? thanks

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Bruise: "Bruised look" lesions can be due to many things. Have you had any trauma? Are you on any blood thinners? Do you have high Blood pressure. Please consult with us to be sure it is not serious or an early sign of cancer.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Watch for 1-2 weeks: A bruise on the breast can be caused by trauma which can cause bleeding under skin especially if you are taking aspirin but it can also be somethings less likely like a bleeding disorder, low platelets or rarely, a tumor can show up with a bruise. If it is painless(non- tender) then it is unlikely due to trauma. Watch if it changes or gets bigger, then go see your doctor. Otherwise it may go away

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