• marisa1212 marisa1212
    October 13, 2008
    I'm a 15-year-old girl, do I have breast cancer?
    marisa1212 marisa1212
    October 13, 2008

    I noticed a lump on my breast a couple of months ago. It's hard, and sometimes if I press it it hurts, and other times it doesn't. I understand that it's extremely unlikely I'd have breast cancer at this age, but I'm still concerned. Could I have breast cancer or, if not, what do you think it is?

     

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    October 14, 2008
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    October 14, 2008

    As you said, your age makes it very, very, VERY unlikely you have breast cancer; in fact, breast cancer is so rare at your age that statisticians don't even track it. For more on your risk of breast cancer as a teen, please read our message to teens about breast cancer.

     

    What you're feeling is most probably the natural lumpiness that happens as your breasts grow during puberty. These lumps (called breast buds) can come and go as your breasts grow. Our teen guide to breast development offers all kinds of great information about puberty, and how your breasts will change as you grow.

     

    That said, I'd mention this lump to your mom or, if that's not possible, the school nurse. They can decide if they think you can keep your eye on it, or if you should get it checked out, OK? Good luck. 


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  • gavin August 15, 2009
    gavin
    August 15, 2009

    wow!! i have the same thing and was wondering the same thing, my aunt had breast cancer and survide, i dont wonna ask her because i think it might be kinda bad to ask her like i would feel bad for asking, im 15 and i have been feelling this on and off. i am not sure about it but the other night i cryed because it was hurting and i finally told my mom and she felt it and said that we will have to go to her doc and see, she also said it could be a swolen linth nod but it is too far over in my boob.

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    • PJ Hamel
      August 15, 2009
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      August 15, 2009

      Hi - Please read our Teen Guide to Breast Development. You DON'T have breast cancer, OK? Lumpy, painful breasts are very common in girls your age. Please don't worry; it's great you're seeing the doctor, so he can totally set your mind at ease... PJH

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  • cherieL July 08, 2009
    cherieL
    July 08, 2009

    i have the same thing on my left bbrest toooo! ima go check it up tomorrrow! hopefully its nothing serious!

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    • Loba96
      July 30, 2012
      Loba96
      July 30, 2012

      so wat did dey say

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    • Loba96
      July 30, 2012
      Loba96
      July 30, 2012

      because im having the same symptoms and im worried and scared to ask the

      dr

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    • PJ Hamel
      July 30, 2012
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      July 30, 2012

      It's OK to be scared; it means you're paying attention to your health, which is good. But you also need to understand that having breast cancer during your young teen years is very unlikely; our message to teens about breast cancer will give you lots of great information about why this lump almost certainly is NOT cancer.

       

      At your age, lumpy breasts are very common; they're part of puberty, and signal the fact that your breast is about to grow. Please read our teen guide to breast development for more information about puberty, and how your breasts develop.

       

      Now, all of that said, please don't let a fear of doctors stop you from talking about this with your mom, or another responsible adult. Maybe there's a reason you should have this examined by a doctor; perhaps there's some breast cancer history in your family you don't know about. At any rate, rather than worry alone, share it with someone older; you'll definitely feel better once you talk this out with an adult, and it's important, at your age, to continue to share health issues – with your parents, if possible. Good luck - PJH

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  • fergie December 15, 2011
    fergie
    December 15, 2011

    tell your mum so she can help

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