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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Scared Mom of Two, Community Member, asks

Q: Feeling a lump

I thought I felt a lump today in the shower, but when I layed down to do an exam I didn't feel it?  Also, I felt my other breast in the shower and it was lumpy in the same exact place and my other breast but on the other breast it just felt bigger?  IS there a reason for that and also, why didn't I feel it when I was laying down?  I think I am just really nervous cause I have a mammo soon and since My Aunt now has breast cancer I know my risks are a bit higher now that she has it. Thanks

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/26/10 3:41pm

Hi - Your risk of breast cancer isn't increased by your aunt having it, so don't worry about that; only if you have two second-degree relatives (two aunts, aunts and grandmother, etc.); or one close relative (mother, sister, or daughter) diagnosed before age 50 is your risk increased. Many women feel lumps in their breast; they might be harmless fibroadenomas (a tissue overgrowth), cysts, or even scar tissue. Breast cancer is probably the least likely cause for lumps; please read our breast lump FAQS for lots of helpful information. Good luck with your mammogram - PJH

Scared Mom of Two, Community Member
5/26/10 3:47pm

Oh well that is good to know cause I thought since my grandmother had it and now her daughter my aunt that it made the risk higher. Also, why would I feel the lump when standing up but not while lying down? Could that be because it is fibronomas? hmm I guess I just gotta wait to see about my mammo, I have just been scared for soo long about BC, thanks for the info and for responding I appreciate it.

PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/26/10 5:04pm

Well, since you DO have two second-degree relatives with BC, your risk is slightly increased. When you stand up vs. lying down, tissue in your breast naturally shifts with gravity - this may be why you can sometimes feel it, sometimes not. Oftentimes something that seems to come and go is a fluid-filled cyst.


If I haven't suggested this to you already, please read our post on fear. I think it'll help you deal with your stress. I'm sorry you're having to wait for a mammogram, but I'm betting, from your decription of your symptoms, that everything's going to come out just fine. Good luck - PJH

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By Scared Mom of Two, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/14/11, First Published: 05/26/10