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Q: I found a small, pea-sized lump right at the edge of my left breast on the inside by the breastbone.

Last night, I found a small, pea-sized lump on the inside of my left breast right at the edge of the breast by the breastbone. It is very hard, does not move, and is very tender to the touch. The skin on the top is not red, like for an infection. My breast has been kind of sore in that area for two or three weeks, but I never checked it before to see if it was a lump, but, for some strange reason, decided to look at it last night. That is when I noticed the lump and that the soreness is real strong right there. Any advice as I do not have any health insurance would be greatly appreciated.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/27/08 2:14pm

Hi Marlene - I'm sorry you don't have health insurance. Is there a low-cost clinic or somewhere else where you can be seen? Lumps that come with pain and tenderness usually aren't associated with breast cancer, but a breast lump should always be checked out to determine exactly what it is. This is not something you can take a chance with. If you don't know where to turn, I'd say go to your local hospital, ask to see the social services department, and plead your case. I don't believe they'd turn a woman with a breast lump away for lack of insurance. Good luck - PJH

Fawn, Community Member
1/29/09 6:28pm

Did you go to the doctor to check the lump? I am curious because last night I felt a lump in the same spot as you. It also is tender. I am wondering if it is associated with my period. Once my cycle returned after giving birth, my body seems to have more PMS symptoms.

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By Marlene, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/21/12, First Published: 09/27/08