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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Aub_C, Community Member, asks

Q: I have a lump in my breast.

I am 27 years old.  I have a lump about the size of a dime under my left breast about where the breast and the breast bone meet.  I had an ultrasound done however the nurses made me feel stupid because of my age.  They told me I was doing my breast exams wrong and showed me how to do them different.  Now that i do them the way they told me too I still feel this lump.  I'm afraid that the ultra sound could have been wrong or they just didn't really look becuase of my age. Could there be a possiblity that the lump is just forming and its not showing up as cancer yet?  Or should I trust the ultrasound?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/15/09 6:07am

Hi - You'll need to advocate for yourself here. It's true, the chance of you having breast cancer, at your age, is minuscule; but it exists. And any time you feel a lump in your breast, one tht wasn't there before, you need to take it seriously. If you've only seen a nurse, not a doctor, please see a doctor. Tell him/her you're concerned about this lump, and would like to make sure it's not cancer. Whether that takes a mammogram, a plan of watchful waiting, or what, you don't want to just dismiss it. And if, after seeing a doctor, you still don't feel satisfied with the answers you've received; ask to be referred to a breast specialist.


In the meantime, try not to stress. The vast majority of breast lumps aren't cancer. At your age, you could easily have a fibroadenoma. But kudos to you for being aware and concerned about breast changes; it's a good habit to develop. Good luck - PJH

Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
7/15/09 7:48am

Ultrasounds are great for finding cysts, but they can't find every kind of lump.  Mammograms don't work all that well on younger women with dense breasts, so that might be why your doctor didn't order one.  It's true that most breast cancer patients are not 27, but your doctor ought to take breast lumps seriously no matter what age you are.  This probably won't be cancer, but I agree with PJ that you need to be assertive until you feel that this lump has been properly diagnosed.

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By Aub_C, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/20/10, First Published: 07/15/09