I've Found A Breast Lump. I'm 18 Years Old. What Do I Do?
Originally asked by Community Member lwit
I’ve Found A Breast Lump. I’m 18 Years Old. What Do I Do?
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.
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.
You should know Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition.
Answered by: Phyllis Johnson