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What does a Red Mole on your Breast Mean

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: June 13, 2017
What does a Red Mole on your Breast Mean

It's normal to feel concerned about any significant changes in your skin, but even more so if you notice a sudden change in your breasts. If you have recently noticed how a red mole has suddenly appeared on your breast under it or on your nipple don't be alarmed, there are several reasons why it may appear, and most of them will lead you to conclude it's benign. If you're wondering what a red mole on your breast means, keep on reading this oneHOWTO article, which will give you all the details you need to know.


  1. Red moles are cherry hemangiomas
  2. Why do I have red moles on my breast?
  3. Can a red mole on the breast be a sign of breast cancer?

Red moles are cherry hemangiomas

What you may identify as a red mole is in fact called a cherry angioma or nevus cherry. This is a red papule that forms under the skin after a little blood vessel grows or bursts. This blood then builds up to the surface, thus becoming visible in the shape of a small, round, red mole. Why does this happen? This is due to a loss of collagen that can be caused by several reasons and underlying issues. These red moles can vary in size and can be as small as 1 mm in diameter to up to 4 mm. Moreover, due to the fact that these hemangiomas are created from capillaries, they can actually cause bleeding.

Cherry angiomas can form at all stages of a person's life, though it's more common in middle aged women, especially those with very fair skin. Thus, generally speaking, we can say that red moles on your skin are benign, no matter if they are on your breast of any other part of your body.

Why do I have red moles on my breast?

As we've said, although we've established that red moles on the breast are generally benign and non-cancerous, there are several reasons why these cherry angiomas appear on your breast. Let's take a look at the most common:

  • Genetic factors: One of the main reasons that a red mole may appear on your breast is because it's hereditary. If you come from alight-skinned family and your mother or grandmothers also tend to have red moles on their body, it's very likely you will also develop them throughout your life.
  • UV rays: Another of the most common reasons why red moles may appear on your breast is due to the effect of UV rays if a certain area or the whole breast is exposed to the sun for a long period of time. Especially if you have fair skin, the vessel can break due to the sun's rays.
  • Liver disorders: Certain liver conditions such as cirrhosis, certain forms of hepatitis may create toxins that also create hemangiomas.
  • Pregnancy & other hormonal changes: When you undergo certain periods in your life such as pregnancy or menopause, your hormones revolutionize, which can in turn cause blood vessels to deform and thus cause cherry angiomas. Psychological issues such asanxiety, stress or depression can also produce certain imbalances in your hormones.
  • Dietary disorders: If you currently have a very poor diet, with a lack of vitamins, iron and magnesium, your skin will also feel the consequences of such neglect. This is why,eating fatty food will create a free radical and toxin buildup in your system that can eventually surface in the shape of red moles.

Can a red mole on the breast be a sign of breast cancer?

Do you know when you should be concerned a red mole on the breast may be cancerous? Do you know the warning signs that will let you know you need to visit a specialist? Although red moles on breasts are benign, they have sometimes been related to invasive lobular cancer, which is a ductal cancer that can appear on women's breasts and does not produce a lump like other forms of breast cancer. Apart from the possible appearance of a red mole (which may or may not be directly related to the ductal cancer, you should also look out for the following symptoms:

  • Pain on the red mole
  • The red mole seems irritated
  • Parts of the breast feel thicker
  • Your nipple inverts
  • The breast feels full or swollen

Moreover, you should know how to tell a normal mole apart from a melanoma in order to correctly identify each, no matter in which body part you find it.

What does a Red Mole on your Breast Mean - Can a red mole on the breast be a sign of breast cancer?

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • It is recommended to regularly check under the breast for any signs of a forming melanoma in order to prevent it from growing while unnoticed.
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