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Wednesday, April 06, 2011 Reynna, Community Member, asks

Q: I have a lump in my right breast. Its stiff, it doesn´t move around. It stays in place. Im 15...

im almost going to be 16 on June... could this be cancer???

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
4/ 6/11 7:33pm

Reynna, the lump is unlikely to be cancer.  Most lumps in teenagers' breasts are either part of normal breast development or a type of non-cancerous lump called a fibroadenoma.  Read more about teen breast development at this link.  Show the lump to your mother, the school nurse, or another adult who can help you evaluate whether you need to see a doctor.  I know that will be embarrassing, but part of growing up is taking responsibility for your health.  You are already off to a good start by noticing this lump and doing some research on it.

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Reynna, Community Member
4/ 6/11 7:38pm

:)thank you... i was so scared that i started crying, hehe... but I still don´t want to bring my hopes up and think it´s not anything severe. I think i´ll just check with my family doctor to make sure everything is alright...

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
4/ 6/11 8:06pm

Breast problems in teens are almost never life-threatening.  It is a good idea to check with the doctor to find out what is causing the lump, but please don't worry about cancer at your age.

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Reynna, Community Member
4/ 6/11 8:10pm

i was really scared because a few people in my family have had it 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
4/ 6/11 8:18pm

Phylllis is right - the chance of you having breast cancer is probably less than 1 in a million. Still, this is a good opportunity to figure out the process for taking care of your health, and especially the way you need to be aware of breast changes, and what to do if you notice a change. Good luck to you - PPJ

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Reynna, Community Member
4/ 6/11 8:30pm

thanks:) God Bless You

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
4/ 6/11 8:34pm

And you, Reynna - sleep well tonight... PJH

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By Reynna, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/06/11, First Published: 04/06/11