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I recently found a hard lump on the side of my breast. I am making an appointment to the doctor soon I just am so afraid. I'm only 19 and I don't know what to expect. What questions I should ask my doctor?

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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Claira, great advice from Sharon & Dawn. Most lumps are benign but you always want to get them checked out ASAP. Never take that chance. I might add one more thing. Some old school doctors are still under the assumption that young women aren't at risk for breast cancer. Thats not true!! Hopefully you won't encounter one like that. Unfortunately young women can & do get breast cancer. I'll be sending positive vibes your way. Best wishes Claira.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    For your own peace of mind, go in and have this checked as soon as you can. Your doctor may send you for a mammogram and possibly an ultrasound. All of this will scare the socks off of you but remember, your doctor just wants to do the best for you and MOST OF THESE LUMPS AND BUMPS AREN'T CANCER! If you do have breast cancer in your family, it is even more important to get these checked out. I am really glad to hear you are checking your breasts at an early age. If you "google" BSE or breast self exams, you will learn the proper way to accomplish this. You can also ask your doctor to instruct you. Call your doctor today and let us know how you are doing.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Claira, one more thing.... when you call your doctor to make an appointment.... I can assure you doctor's offices are very used to hearing form women patients... "Ah.... I found this lump in my breast and I would like to have it checked out." I will not say don't be afraid because there isn't one woman out here who wouldn't be afraid. The thing about fear is to face it, and march right in to your doctor's office. If you cry, that is normal. Can you get your Mom or an Aunt to go with you? I think you are actually much more brave and strong than you think you are. Hang in there, Claira. Off to the right of this column IS instructions for breast self exams. Remember breasts are lumpy and bumpy.
    over 6 years Flag
    • claira maxwell Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you so much . Your support means alot to me . My mom cannot go with me but my fiancée is since he is my my biggest support system. This has always been my biggest fear and I always was afraid of having it because I have fairly large Breast...

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      Thank you so much . Your support means alot to me . My mom cannot go with me but my fiancée is since he is my my biggest support system. This has always been my biggest fear and I always was afraid of having it because I have fairly large Breast 34 D for being Such a petite person. Your comment has made me more confident to face whatever happens. Thanks again

      over 6 years Flag
  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I understand perfectly that you are scared -- that's normal, but that doesn't help make it any less scary. First piece of advice that I give anyone is: DO NOT START SEARCHING THE INTERNET. There is a lot of inaccurate information out there and it may only make you more scared of the unknown. You are doing the right thing: going to your doctor as soon as possible. Many lumps, especially at your age, are benign -- usually cysts. But your doctor will give you the best advice and based on his/her examination and any tests will help you decide what you need to do. Is your Mom around, or any other relative you can lean on for help with this? It would be good if you didn't have to go to the appointment by yourself. Of course, BTS is a big community and we're all here to help. Just hang in there and take it step by step -- try not to get ahead of yourself. I know that will be really hard, but at this point the BEST thing you can do is get expert help. Please keep me posted on how it goes, and feel free to keep asking questions!
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    • claira maxwell Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks for the support I told my mom And she won't be here when I have my doctors appoint hut my fiancée is going with me .my mom told me I probably have a cyst and I'm sure it is one but I can never be to sure . It doesn't help that my mom hasnt...

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      Thanks for the support I told my mom And she won't be here when I have my doctors appoint hut my fiancée is going with me .my mom told me I probably have a cyst and I'm sure it is one but I can never be to sure . It doesn't help that my mom hasnt went to the doctor in several years like 5 years. Not knowing how she is doing makes it harder because there could be something she has that we don't know of. I feel like my lump is smaller than before but I don't know of it's just me constants touching it. But if it is a cyst I should still have it checked out. Thanks I'll keep posted after spring break.

      over 6 years Flag
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      You definitely should have it checked, as soon as you can. They'll probably want to do an ultrasound and maybe a mammogram to determine what it is. But you really need to go sooner than later, if you can. It's encouraging that you think the...

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      You definitely should have it checked, as soon as you can. They'll probably want to do an ultrasound and maybe a mammogram to determine what it is. But you really need to go sooner than later, if you can. It's encouraging that you think the lump is smaller but you have to get it checked.

      over 6 years Flag
  • Dawn Dickinson Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    Claira, I too found two hard little lumps on the side of my breast when I was 19. It scared me to death. I went to the doctor and they scheduled me for a mammogram. They did a lu
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  • Dawn Dickinson Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    Lumpectomy and the they were benign. I was told I had fibroid cysts in both breasts, but this is more common than not in most women. I do urge you to have mammograms at the appropriate age. I am 51 and I never miss mine. Good luck!!!
    over 6 years Comment Flag

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