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Friday, September 09, 2011 crysilla, Community Member, asks

Q: lump under breast.can it be cancer?

a sudden lump grabbed my attention its located right under my nipple on my right breast.it was smaller before says my boyfriend i didnt know i had it and he did but didnt tell me until know its much bigger and now its hurting it didnt hurt before.i come from cancer surviving family members and thats the only reason i worry.i have a baby girl who is 1 and im 20
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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
9/ 9/11 6:22am

Yes, Crysilla, any lump in the breast might be cancer.  However, in someone your age the lump is more likely to be a non-cancerous lump called a fibroadenoma or a cyst.  Painful lumps are often harmless cysts.  Sometimes a painful lump is an abscess--a type of infection.  You can't tell for sure though which type you have.  Only a doctor can rule out cancer and tell you what this is.  So it is way too early to panic.  Unless you have a mother, sister, or grandmother who had breast cancer, the other members of your family with cancer don't increase your chances of having breast cancer.  It is time to be assertive about your health and get that lump checked out.  Let us know what you find out.

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By crysilla, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/09/11, First Published: 09/09/11