breast lumps

Lumps between breasts?

3dayorbust Community Member October 03, 2007
  • I have no idea if this is just ironic timing or if my awarenss of my chest area is just heightened b/c of doing the 3 Day Walk.  I was giving myself a self exam and noticed a bump (knot, lump...whatever you want to call it) in BETWEEN my breasts.  Over the sternum.  Can breast cancer form in this area?

     

    I plan on scheduling an appt with my dr. just to be safe.

19 Comments
  • Aldejha
    Apr. 09, 2014

    Since i was 16 ( now 17 ) of last year in the summer, i grew this lump between my breast. Its very painful! And, whenever i grew this lump, a bump would form and it'll bust. Blood and white stuff would come out, then the lump would go away. It has moved at the top between my breast, but it hasn't been bothering me much. Now, i believe its growing under my breast,...

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    Since i was 16 ( now 17 ) of last year in the summer, i grew this lump between my breast. Its very painful! And, whenever i grew this lump, a bump would form and it'll bust. Blood and white stuff would come out, then the lump would go away. It has moved at the top between my breast, but it hasn't been bothering me much. Now, i believe its growing under my breast, because i can feel the pain. I haven't seen a dr yet, because my mother don't seem concerned. I don't know what it is, but im a little concerned. It might be caused by depo povera im currently on, i don't know. I just need help and need to know what it is.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Apr. 09, 2014

      Aldejha, only a medical profesional can tell you what this is; so I'd suggest, if you're still in school, that you start by seeing your school nurse. If you're no longer in school, see if you can access an urgent care clinic or other walk-in clinic, if your mom doesn't want to help you see a doctor. I'd suspect it's a long-running infection of some kind; or...

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      Aldejha, only a medical profesional can tell you what this is; so I'd suggest, if you're still in school, that you start by seeing your school nurse. If you're no longer in school, see if you can access an urgent care clinic or other walk-in clinic, if your mom doesn't want to help you see a doctor. I'd suspect it's a long-running infection of some kind; or perhaps a boil. Please read our post on boils, and see if the description seems to match what you're experiencing; if so, that would be a starting place when you speak with a doctor or nurse. Good luck - PJH

  • Anonymous
    Feeling22
    Mar. 30, 2014
    I first noticed my lump 2 years ago when I was 20. I went to my doctor and he felt it and informed me it was a benign growth (non cancerous). However he did suggest I get a ultrasound to just be sure. Just recently it has started to smell slightly.. I haven't found anything on the internet, but I will be going to see my doctor soon. Hope this helps.
    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Mar. 30, 2014

      There are several types of benign growths that this could be.  However, it sounds like the lump is changing, so do let the doctor look at it again to find out what is going on.  I have never heard of odor being a sign of cancer, but we are not doctors here.  Let us know what the doctor says.  

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Mar. 30, 2014

      Hi - Since you mention an odor, you might have a boil or abscess that hasn't quite surfaced yet. I'd definitely see your doctor about this. Take care - PJH

  • Anonymous
    Asianish
    Dec. 24, 2013
    Well I'm 17 and I have a lump in between my breast and my mom says it's a sist (however you spell it) and I can't find anything in the Internet . Am I too young to get a mammogram ? Just to be safe.
    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Dec. 24, 2013

      You're not too young to get a mammogram, but you probably don't need one. Your Mom can't know if it's a cyst; the only way you can tell that is with some diagnostic testing (most likely an ultrasound). If this is a new lump, keep your eye on it; if it doesn't disappear within a month, then it would be worth consulting a medical person - whether a doctor, or...

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      You're not too young to get a mammogram, but you probably don't need one. Your Mom can't know if it's a cyst; the only way you can tell that is with some diagnostic testing (most likely an ultrasound). If this is a new lump, keep your eye on it; if it doesn't disappear within a month, then it would be worth consulting a medical person - whether a doctor, or your school nurse (if you're in school), simply to find out what's up. In the meantime, please read our breast lump FAQS, and our message to teens about breast cancer - which I think will help lower your anxiety. Take care – PJH

  • Kimberly
    Mar. 06, 2010

    I recently noticed a tender lump at the top of the crack between my breasts.  It is slightly hard, about 1/2 inch diameter.  When I squeezed it yesterday, a white head came out of the center.  Today I took a flax oil capsule I had on hand... and am wondering about dietary or other remedy options. 

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Mar. 06, 2010

      Sounds like you may have a boil or an infection. If it doesn't clear up soon, best to see a doctor. I doubt diet would have any effect on it, but you might try hot compresses. PJH

    • Kimberly
      Mar. 09, 2010

      I haven't tried hot compresses yet...  but after a few days squeezed out another white head like a pimple would... and then a little blood after that...  The underneath hard base of this lump is about an inch.

      Grape seed capsule is another addition to my diet, but may not directly remedy this lump, that is not quite as tender as it was initially.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun. 25, 2008

    I just found a knot between my breasts as well. I can't find anything on the internet that addresses this type of lump and the location as being significant. My doctor can't see me until next week and I'm beside myself! I'm 53 years old and my sister already has had breast cancer. What was the outcome of your exam? I hope it was good!

     

    thanks.

    • Kimberly
      Mar. 09, 2010

      I'm 52 and a knot appeared a few days ago in the same location, on top of the breast bone.  A maternal cousin had breast cancer, but otherwise I don't have a family history for this. 

      My medical plan doesn't cover evaluation of this, or removal, so I'll be interested to find out what your doctor advises, as I haven't found much information on this...

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      I'm 52 and a knot appeared a few days ago in the same location, on top of the breast bone.  A maternal cousin had breast cancer, but otherwise I don't have a family history for this. 

      My medical plan doesn't cover evaluation of this, or removal, so I'll be interested to find out what your doctor advises, as I haven't found much information on this problem in my internet search either.

    • deb
      deb
      Oct. 14, 2010

      I just noticed a lump between my breasts today.  I can't find anything on the internet about it and don't want to jump the gun as my insurance doesn't cover this for me either.  I am very afraid though, as i lost my best friend to breast cancer and her sister passed 3 months after she did.  I'm trying not to over-react, but i'm wondering if your...

      RHMLucky777

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      I just noticed a lump between my breasts today.  I can't find anything on the internet about it and don't want to jump the gun as my insurance doesn't cover this for me either.  I am very afraid though, as i lost my best friend to breast cancer and her sister passed 3 months after she did.  I'm trying not to over-react, but i'm wondering if your lump went away, or what the outcome of it was.  thanks so much....deb

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Oct. 14, 2010

      Deb, it's hard to self-diagnose when it comes to lumps in or around your breasts; breast tissue can extend between your breasts, and up under your arms. If this lump lasts longer than a month, you should have it examined.

       

      Please don't stress too much over this; the VAST majority of breast lumps are nothing to worry about. But as I said, any breast change...

      RHMLucky777

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      Deb, it's hard to self-diagnose when it comes to lumps in or around your breasts; breast tissue can extend between your breasts, and up under your arms. If this lump lasts longer than a month, you should have it examined.

       

      Please don't stress too much over this; the VAST majority of breast lumps are nothing to worry about. But as I said, any breast change - a change in your breast that lasts longer than a month - needs to be looked at, even if you don't have insurance. Your first call should be to your local hospital, to ask what services they offer for women without insurance. And if they can't help, please take a look at our post detailing free or low-cost mammograms for underserved women. Best of luck to you - PJH

    • Anonymous
      Zebras
      Oct. 20, 2013
      I just found a lumpbump right in between my breast, and I'm concerned. The bump hurts, and it's hard. I'm only a chiled so I plan to ask my parents to get it checked out by my dr. I'm only 14 and I'm 5ft3 and weigh about 160/50 pounds. I'm over weight, and a lot of my fat goes to my breast, and I have extremely large breast. So I'm very worried. A really scary...
      RHMLucky777
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      I just found a lump\bump right in between my breast, and I'm concerned. The bump hurts, and it's hard. I'm only a chiled so I plan to ask my parents to get it checked out by my dr. I'm only 14 and I'm 5ft3 and weigh about 160/50 pounds. I'm over weight, and a lot of my fat goes to my breast, and I have extremely large breast. So I'm very worried. A really scary part about this whole thing is that before this lump/bump showed up I had a dream about having brease cancer. I need some advise or help on what I should do.
    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Oct. 20, 2013

      First - don't panic! The chance of you having breast cancer is less than 1 in a million; please read our message to teens for more on that. Next - read our teen's guide to breast development. It will explain what your breasts go through (including developing lumps), as part of puberty. Third - I know it's probably embarrassing, but please tell you mom...

      RHMLucky777

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      First - don't panic! The chance of you having breast cancer is less than 1 in a million; please read our message to teens for more on that. Next - read our teen's guide to breast development. It will explain what your breasts go through (including developing lumps), as part of puberty. Third - I know it's probably embarrassing, but please tell you mom about this lump. With her years of experience being responsible for both her health and yours, she needs to know. And, when you share your fears with someone else, you always feel better, right?

       

      We're not doctors here, and can't diagnose what this is; only a doctor can do that. Between you and your mom (or another responsible adult), you should be able to figure out whether or not to see a doctor. But in the meantime - don't let that dream feed your fears. They're just that: fears, not reality. And action trumps fear any day, so tell an adult and get started on the path to feeling better, OK? Smile Take care - PJH

  • Maria Gifford
    Oct. 04, 2007

    Hello,

     

    You're right. Any "bump" or "knot" or "lump" felt in or around or between the breasts should be examined by a doctor. This is the only way to know for sure.

     

    As you're planning to, make an appointment with your doctor. Your awareness might be heightened right now, yes, but it's best to...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello,

     

    You're right. Any "bump" or "knot" or "lump" felt in or around or between the breasts should be examined by a doctor. This is the only way to know for sure.

     

    As you're planning to, make an appointment with your doctor. Your awareness might be heightened right now, yes, but it's best to be sure and stay safe.

     

    Stay in touch and let us know how the 3-Day Walk goes!

     

    Best,

    Maria 

    • Anonymous
      dreamincolor41
      Feb. 04, 2011

      I also have become more aware of changes in myself because of doing Relay for Life, Giving blood and platelets, losing a father to cancer, having an extreme family history of cancer, Paternal Grandfather, aunt, and maternal grandmother, my mother being a breast cancer survivor for approx. 10 years now, a sister who is now approx. 2 year breast cancer survivor...

      RHMLucky777

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      I also have become more aware of changes in myself because of doing Relay for Life, Giving blood and platelets, losing a father to cancer, having an extreme family history of cancer, Paternal Grandfather, aunt, and maternal grandmother, my mother being a breast cancer survivor for approx. 10 years now, a sister who is now approx. 2 year breast cancer survivor both at young ages, I too have felt what you describe, I have seen a breast surgeon and she said it was fatty mass, I however am not convinced and still concerned because it does hurt.  She actually called me back for a followup on this when I just went to her for calcifications in left breast so not sure if she is convinced as well. I will gladly post a diagnosis if it will help if any different than fatty tissue. 

    • Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      Feb. 05, 2011

      I had a fatty tumor (lipoma) in my arm once.  My surgeon said they are pretty easy to distinguish from a cancerous tumor by the way they feel.  Nevertheless, because of my cancer history, he removed it just to be sure.  It was just a lipoma, so maybe I have an extra scar I didn't need, but we also had the peace of mind of knowing for sure that...

      RHMLucky777

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      I had a fatty tumor (lipoma) in my arm once.  My surgeon said they are pretty easy to distinguish from a cancerous tumor by the way they feel.  Nevertheless, because of my cancer history, he removed it just to be sure.  It was just a lipoma, so maybe I have an extra scar I didn't need, but we also had the peace of mind of knowing for sure that it wasn't cancer.  A needle biopsy might be able to give you the same piece of mind without the scar!  Ask about that possibility when you go back for the follow-up.  I hope you get a good report.

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