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There is a lump in my breast, what should I do?

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Dear Doc,

I am sixteen years old and can feel a hard lump in my breast. What is the best plan of action?{{more}}

Zoe

Dear Zoe,

I am happy to know that you are aware of any changes in your breasts so that you can be cognizant of any masses/lumps.

All masses in the breast must be investigated. Though most masses in the breasts of young women are non-cancerous/benign fibroadenomas, it is important that you have the breast examined by a professional. Being a minor, you would have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Your doctor will take a history, during which you would give information on the nature of the mass. It is important to recall when it was first noted, if it is painful, how fast it is growing and if there is any relation to your periods. Your family history of anyone who has had breast cancer and at what age it was diagnosed is important. Both breasts would be examined by the doctor, even though you might have only noted changes in one of them. Further investigations, like an ultrasound and/or a biopsy, can be done. Many would rather the surgical removal of the entire mass, which would then be sent to the pathologist for confirmation of the diagnosis.

All breast masses must be examined and investigated by your doctor.

Doc

SVG Cancer Society,
P.O. Box 709, Kingstown.
Email: svgsocietycancer@gmail.com
Phone: 526-7036

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