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Q: 18 years old, found lump, worried

Hi, I am 18 years old and yesterday I found a small marble-sized lump in my right breast. It is below my nipple and is slightly moveable within a small area. I'm not sure what to do... I am still in high school and not sure if I should talk to my mom about it (which I am very worried about doing), or find my doctor's phone number, or something else. I have no family history of breast cancer and I know it is pretty unlikely for girls my age to get it, but have been pretty worried about it since I found it yesterday, some peace of mind (and frankly, just having someone else know about it) would really help I think. What should I do? Maybe this is more of a psychological "I'm-too-afraid-to-talk-to-anyone" question. Help! 

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
1/20/13 7:56pm

There are several things this lump could be, and as you know, the chances are that the lump is not cancer.  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 will 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 is 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.

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lwit, Community Member
1/21/13 7:43pm

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, Health Guide
1/21/13 10:27pm

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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Toby, Community Member
2/ 5/13 9:27am

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.....

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
2/ 5/13 11:24am

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

 

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Toby, Community Member
2/ 5/13 9:28am

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....

 

 

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By lwit, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/06/14, First Published: 01/20/13