Yesterday I found a small, moveable lump in my right breast. I know it's pretty unlikely for girls my age to get breast cancer, but I've been worried about it since I found it yesterday. What should I do?
Thankfully, at your age breast cancer is only a remote possibility. Please read our message to teens about cancer for more on that.
There are several things this breast lump could be. It might be a cyst that could go away on its own, or it might be a benign type of lump called a fibroadenoma that young women sometimes get.
If the lump persists, you'll need to have a doctor check it out to find out what it is. Since you first noticed the lump yesterday, it would be safe to watch it to see what it does. Cysts often go away after a menstrual period, so if is still there after your period, check with a doctor.
In the meantime, I know this kind of thing is hard to discuss with parents, but you need to let them know what's worrying you. You could also talk to the school nurse. Our Teen Guide to Breast Development will give you more information about breast health issues for teens.
Thank you very much! Your response was very helpful and has made me feel a lot better :). I am hopeful it will go away so I can stop thinking about it completely.
Glad to help. Try not to worry about this, but do be proactive in getting the lump checked out if it doesn't go away in a month.
go get in checked asap but dont worry it may only be a hormonal cyst.. My daughter had one when she was 14 she is doing great....
My daughter had one in her right breast which ruptured and started to leak It turned out to be a cyst and when it ruptured it was leaking pus. Had a another one in her left breast 3 months later. Antibotic did aa fine job and she is fine since thank god ,,sucesssfully breastfed all her children for 18 months each. Get it checked you will be fine and get peace of mind. Dont wait... Good Luck.....
Thanks for your feedback here, Toby - always good to hear others' experiences. I'm glad your daughter's lump was a cyst and she didn't have any long-term consequences of what must have been a secondary infection. PJH