Tricia, I'm sorry you're having to deal with this; as a caretaker, you've already got a full plate. Ths sounds very much like chronic boils, or abscesses. Please read through this thread on boils; it may help explain what's going on, and what other women have found useful in treating the condition. Luckily, what you describe doesn't sound like a breast cancer symptom.
That said, you need to see a doctor. Call your local hospital, ask to speak to the social workers, and find out about lower-cost walk-in clinics, or what accommodations they make for patients without health insurance. If you have to pay on a payment plan, so be it; but you can't leave this untreated. So please make the call, OK? Take care- PJH
I work for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program funded through the CDC. The guideline is for women 40 to do a baseline and begin regular screening at 50. Although, those at high risk, meaning family history, especially if previous family had early breast cancer and/or you are showing signs or syptoms, you also can get a free screening. On younger ladies they do not do a mammogram as it does not work as well, but they will do a breast ultrasound. I would recommend going to a doctor somewhere and finding out for sure. To find a free/low cost screening in your area, I recommend searching <a href="http://ww5.komen.org/LowCostorFreeMammograms.html">Komen's website</a> .
Thank you for the information about the CDC program. PJ Hamel has a post answering frequently asked questions for underserved women that will also be helpful for women needing screening. Since the original post was from 2011, I hope that by now the writer has found a doctor who has been able to help her.