I've Just Noticed A Big, Hard Lump In My Breast. Could It Be Cancer?
Originally asked by Community Member rlem
I’ve Just Noticed A Big, Hard Lump In My Breast. Could It Be Cancer?
I haven’t gone to the doctor yet because I’m observing it; it seems a little softer than it was. I’m 34, and just finished my period last week. But I’m so afraid -; could this be cancer?
If this breast lump disappears in synch with your period, it’s probably due to fibrocystic change, a common condition pre-menopausal women experience. While not serious, it can cause pain and breast lumps, both of which tend to come and go.
If the lump stays where it is; and feels hard, and pretty immoveable, it’s best to have it checked out. You’re very young to experience breast cancer; only 5% of breast cancer diagnoses are in women under 40 years old. Nevertheless, all breast changes should be taken seriously and checked out by a doctor, specifically to rule out breast cancer and get to the root of whatever the problem might be. So if it doesn’t disappear soon - go ahead and make an appointment.
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: PJ Hamel