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Old 05-31-2016, 09:25 PM
 
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Hi all,

I found a lump on my left breast near the aerola about a month ago before my last period. I was laying on my side and felt it. It was hard the size of a pea and I pushed on it. It was very sore the next day. After a few days, the soreness went away.

After my period started on the 18th (2 weeks ago) the lump seemed to decrease. Before it was right under the skin but when period started I had to really push on the area to feel it.

Its been 14 days since my period and my breast is sore around the lump again. I will go to the docs but scared out of my mind. Could this be breast cancer? I am a 26 year old female, breastfed both my kids, with no family history of breast cancer. Hopefully that bit of info woyld be useful? Thanks.

 
Old 05-31-2016, 09:33 PM
 
Location: The sleepy part of New York City
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Breathe...

If it's painful it's probably a cyst. Give up caffeine and it will probably go away in time. Mine did. Have the mammo anyway to put your mind at ease, but try not to worry in the meantime.
 
Old 05-31-2016, 09:49 PM
 
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Breathe...

If it's painful it's probably a cyst. Give up caffeine and it will probably go away in time. Mine did. Have the mammo anyway to put your mind at ease, but try not to worry in the meantime.
Thank you! I dont drink caffeine though, only occasionally.
 
Old 05-31-2016, 09:52 PM
 
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Some good info here:

Natural Approaches to Fibrocystic Breasts Dr. Tori Hudson, N.D.

I'm much older than you and don't have issues but when I've skipped iodine I would get breast pain and/or tenderness.
 
Old 05-31-2016, 09:54 PM
 
Location: LA, CA/ In This Time and Place
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It's scary UT going to the docs and finding out what is the nature of this cyst will pay off.
 
Old 05-31-2016, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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What you are describing is almost certainly a cyst. Your doctor can have an ultrasound performed; breast cysts have a very characteristic appearance on ultrasound. The diagnosis can be confirmed by putting a very thin needle into the lump and drawing off fluid for examination (which, since it drains the cyst, also generally resolves the problem).
 
Old 05-31-2016, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Hi all,

I found a lump on my left breast near the aerola about a month ago before my last period. I was laying on my side and felt it. It was hard the size of a pea and I pushed on it. It was very sore the next day. After a few days, the soreness went away.

After my period started on the 18th (2 weeks ago) the lump seemed to decrease. Before it was right under the skin but when period started I had to really push on the area to feel it.

Its been 14 days since my period and my breast is sore around the lump again. I will go to the docs but scared out of my mind. Could this be breast cancer? I am a 26 year old female, breastfed both my kids, with no family history of breast cancer. Hopefully that bit of info woyld be useful? Thanks.
Just your age makes breast cancer unlikely. Mammograms are not usually done in women in your age group because they are very hard to interpret. Ultrasound is usually the first choice test because it can identify cysts, which are seldom cancerous.

If the nodule was easy to move around under the skin that is also an indication that whatever is going on is benign.

The way you describe your symptoms is suggestive of fibrocystic change, with the nodule more prominent before your period and the tenderness (though just repeatedly feeling of the nodule can make it sore for a while).

Since the risk is low, you have the option of watching what happens over another menstrual cycle or two, or you could go on and make an appointment with your doctor if that would make you feel more comfortable.
 
Old 06-01-2016, 11:03 PM
 
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Pain and changing size indicate that this is unlikely to be cancer.
 
Old 06-02-2016, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Get it checked...but you're most likely ok...fingers crossed for you!
 
Old 06-02-2016, 06:15 PM
 
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Just your age makes breast cancer unlikely.
Cancer doesnt care about an age.
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