• lwit lwit
    January 20, 2013
    I've found a breast lump. I'm 18 years old. What do I do?
    lwit lwit
    January 20, 2013

    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?

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  • Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    January 21, 2013
    Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    January 21, 2013

    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.

     

    • lwit
      January 22, 2013
      lwit
      January 22, 2013

      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. 

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    • Phyllis Johnson
      January 22, 2013
      Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      January 22, 2013

      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.

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