I've Just Noticed A Big, Hard Lump In My Breast. Could It Be Cancer?

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Asked by 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?

Answer

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.