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Dear Sister: A Message to our Teenage Readers

PJ Hamel Health Guide August 21, 2009
  • I don’t know you, and you don’t know me. But I feel comfortable calling you sister, because all of us women – young, old, or in-between, all over the world – are sisters, bound by genetics and our female souls.If you’re reading these words, I assume it’s because yo...

12 Comments
  • siva
    Nov. 19, 2011

    its vry helpful, to get a words from you! thk u mam, i like to be touch with you mam

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Nov. 19, 2011

      Come on back here anytime, Siva - we're here for you. PJH

  • Anonymous
    MICHELLE12
    May. 03, 2011

    I read your blog which by the way was extremely helpful. I am a 18 year old teenager whose mother was diagnosed with breat cancer under the age of 40. She is a cancer surviver who had a 8 inch tumor in your right breast at stage 5. Both of my grandparents passed away with cancer, and several other relatives of mine. I'm a average teenager who is concern about...

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    I read your blog which by the way was extremely helpful. I am a 18 year old teenager whose mother was diagnosed with breat cancer under the age of 40. She is a cancer surviver who had a 8 inch tumor in your right breast at stage 5. Both of my grandparents passed away with cancer, and several other relatives of mine. I'm a average teenager who is concern about their health. My breast tend to feel tight and my left breast is alot bigger than my right. Ive read alot of post from other women my age that have the same problem which helped me feel more comfortable about sharing this. I rarely get my period after every 4 or 5 months and im still not sexually active which worrys me. At 17 i was found with two cyst in my olvaries and any pain comes to my concern. I am very conservative so i dont like to spread my business but im concerned and your post has made me feel inspired to write on here. Please reply thank you.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      May. 03, 2011

      Michelle, I'm glad you've found this site helpful. Your mother having been diagnosed with cancer under age 40 does raise your risk, though it's still low - especially at your age. That said, as you get older you should keep in mind that any breast change lasting longer than a month should be seen by a doctor.

       

      As you go through your teenage years, and...

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      Michelle, I'm glad you've found this site helpful. Your mother having been diagnosed with cancer under age 40 does raise your risk, though it's still low - especially at your age. That said, as you get older you should keep in mind that any breast change lasting longer than a month should be seen by a doctor.

       

      As you go through your teenage years, and your breasts grow and develop, this may happen in an uneven fashion; one may sometimes "outgrow" the other. Pain, tenderness, and soreness is also natural. However, it's difficult, at your age, to detemrine what's normal for you - as things keep changing.

       

      With that in mind, and considering at age 18 you're having an irregular period, I think it would be worth speaking to your doctor. If you can't do that, and you're still in school, please talk to the school nurse. You might have some other issue that's interfering with your menstrual cycle, and you'd want to find out what it is, and do something about it, OK? Also, a doctor or nurse would tell you how to look for breast changes, and what to look for. So - please see a doctor. Take care- PJH

    • michelle12
      May. 14, 2011

      thanks so much your a really big help. i defintely will talk to a doctor ;]

      keep inspiring people your great at it , take care.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      May. 14, 2011

      Good for you, Michelle - that's the way to be responsible about your health. One of the signs of maturity is being able to manage your own health care, and it sounds like you're well on your way - congrats! Be well- PJH

  • Anonymous
    laney
    Feb. 06, 2010

    okay i understood everything you just said in response , but what I don't understand is why i also have this thing in my breast .At first it hurt me ,but when i sit up straight it leaves and like it calms down .So explain to me why i have this ball in my breast instead of a ring that im suppose to have .

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Feb. 06, 2010

      Sorry, could you clarify the question? Not sure what a "ring" in your breast would be. If you have a lump in your breast, it's lasted more than a month, and it's making you uncomfortable, get it checked out by a doctor, OK? S/he can diagnose it and treat it if necessary, but wither way, you could stop wondering and worrying. Good luck - PJH

    • Anonymous
      <3jadedeyes<3
      Jan. 07, 2011

      Hello,

      I am 13 years old and on my right breast under my nipple, there is a visible lump. It is very painful, hard, and has turned red over the course of today. No discharge or bleeding. I noticed the pain last night, but there was no lump. Sometimes the area stings and burns and itches. I am so scared right now because I dont know what is wrong....

      RHMLucky777

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      Hello,

      I am 13 years old and on my right breast under my nipple, there is a visible lump. It is very painful, hard, and has turned red over the course of today. No discharge or bleeding. I noticed the pain last night, but there was no lump. Sometimes the area stings and burns and itches. I am so scared right now because I dont know what is wrong. Also, earlier today, my nipple was slightly pushed in, but now the tip seems to be coming out... Do you have an idea on what might be wrong?

      Thanks.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jan. 07, 2011

      Hi - sounds like you might have an infection. Your breast has tiny oil glands all arond the areola (the colored part around the nipple); sometimes these get infected and painful, much like you'd get a pimple on your face. Please don't worry about breast cancer; it's incredibly unlikely, virtually impossible. But you should tell your mom or another adult about...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi - sounds like you might have an infection. Your breast has tiny oil glands all arond the areola (the colored part around the nipple); sometimes these get infected and painful, much like you'd get a pimple on your face. Please don't worry about breast cancer; it's incredibly unlikely, virtually impossible. But you should tell your mom or another adult about this, as you may need to see a doctor for some antibiotics. In the meantime, don't squeeze it; keep it aired out (no bra, if possible); and again, talk to an adult. Take care- PJH

  • Anonymous
    pinkribbons
    Sep. 27, 2009

    i wish all doctors thought like this, that you are not being silly, or a hypocondriac or an overacting mother, because that is exactly what i feel like when i take my daughters to the doctors if i am worried, an over reacting mother.  i take our car to the garage if i dont know whats wrong with it, so whats the difference, is it becasue i pay the mechanic...

    RHMLucky777

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    i wish all doctors thought like this, that you are not being silly, or a hypocondriac or an overacting mother, because that is exactly what i feel like when i take my daughters to the doctors if i am worried, an over reacting mother.  i take our car to the garage if i dont know whats wrong with it, so whats the difference, is it becasue i pay the mechanic there and then but the doctor dosent know that i pay my national insurance money every month and wonders why i am now asking him about a 'new' problem.  i go in thinking, this is what they are there for and then coming out feeling awful for wasting thier time...anyway, you have made me feel better...for now until the next visit!!

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Sep. 27, 2009

      Glad you're feeling better, Pink - at least temporarily! Please try not to let how the doctors act affect how you view yourself. You're NOT an over-reacting mother; you're not "wasting their time." Taking care of our health is what doctors do; and that should incude willingly and gracefully answering questions and concerns. Just because the answer is evident...

      RHMLucky777

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      Glad you're feeling better, Pink - at least temporarily! Please try not to let how the doctors act affect how you view yourself. You're NOT an over-reacting mother; you're not "wasting their time." Taking care of our health is what doctors do; and that should incude willingly and gracefully answering questions and concerns. Just because the answer is evident to the doctor, it doesn't mean it's clear to YOU, right? PJH