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Q: Quarter sized red lump in breast - super busy at work - can it wait a few weeks?

I have recently developed a quarter size, bright-red lump on my left breast.  Early on it was oozing so I was assuming it was an infection and would go away (I was thinking like a pimple...just really huge and painful and on my breast...)  It is now at least a week and there has been no definite change except no longer any puss.  It is possibly slightly larger.  I am leaning towards it being an infected cyst or something like that and plan on waiting a couple more weeks at least before seeing a doctor.  (I am a CPA in the middle of tax season and really can't afford the lost time.)  However, I just want to know if it is ok to wait a couple more weeks to go to a doctor or if it is more concerning than I want it to be.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
3/30/13 10:30pm

Hi - We're not doctors here, so can't diagnose; and in good conscience can't give you the go-ahead to wait it out. The usual advice is to consult a doctor within 30 days of when you first notice a symptom - unless it appears to be worsening, in which case you'd see a doc ASAP. I totally understand tax season; and you have to decide, is a possible (though certainly not probable) serious breast issue worth not interrupting your work schedule? A compromise might be to simply call the doctor, and ask the same question you've just asked here: describe the symptoms, and ask if you can wait. Good luck - hope it disappears on its own soon. PJH

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By SidheHawk, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/30/13, First Published: 03/30/13