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Q: Lump at the top of the breast

I'm 21 years old and a month ago I was in the shower and discovered a lump at the top of my left breast.  It was a week before I started to menstrate so I thought it was associated with that but I finished menstrating and its still there.  I went to the doctor today and she said it feels like a Fibrocystic lump but booked me for an ultrasound.(in two weeks)  It's gotten to be a bit painful and I'm like stressing out that it might be cancer. I was also wondering if it does turn out to be a fibrocystic lump can they remove it? And if they can't remove it will it ever go away?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
6/27/08 7:21am

Hi Annie - Please don't stress about breast cancer. About 85% of all breast lumps are NOT cancer. And at your age, your chance of having cancer is 1 in 2000+. So it's not likely. You probably do have some fibrocystic changes connected to your period. Here's a good article on fibrocystic breast condition. You could also have a fibroadenoma, which are most comon in women between the ages of 20-30; here's a good description of fibroadenomas. Your doctor is being cautious, which is good. Once you find out what the lump is, I'm sure she'll discuss what you can do about it as well. Good luck! PJH

 

 

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Annie, Community Member
6/28/08 2:26pm

I got an ultrasound appointment for July 11th.  It seems so far away and everyday I'm just getting scared that might turn out to be cancer.  It does hurt a little bit more now but that might be due to my date coming up.  I'm just so scared.  I talked to my sister about it and she said we shouldn't worry till the ultrasound results come out which it true. But I don't know..I'm just scared

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Annie, Community Member
7/11/08 3:56pm

I finally went for my ultrasound today.  I tired to look @ the pictures but of course couldn't make any sense of it cause I'm not a doctor.  At first I told her where the lump was and she kind of made a face like I was hallucinating and nothing was really there.  Now the hard part.....waiting for results

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By Annie, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/14/12, First Published: 06/26/08