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Q: i have a lump under my left nipple. its sore and painful. im really worried. im only 15. please help ! xxx

over the past day or so i have noticed a lump under my left nipple. i woke up one morning to a sharp pain, ever since its not got any better. The lump is still sore and hard and painful to touch even lightly. im really worried about what might be the cause. im only 15 almost 16. and help would be great !! thankyou. xxx
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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/27/10 5:22pm

Hi Kayleigh - No doubt you're scared about this. Please read our message to teens, and our guide to breast development. I'm sure after reading those, you'll feel a lot better. Bottom line: chances of you having breast cancer at your age are WAY less than 1 in 1 million. Take care- PJH

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
9/28/10 6:22am

Kayleigh, as PJ says, you do not need to be worrying that this lump might be cancer, but it could be some sort of infection.  If you have read the links that PJ suggested, you know that breasts experience "growing pains" during puberty, so a sharp pain and some lumpiness can be perfectly normal.  However, if your breasts have finished growing, this pain may need a doctor's attention.  Let an adult know about this pain and help you decide if you need to see a doctor.

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By kayleigh, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/20/14, First Published: 09/27/10