If a breast lump is painful, is it not cancer?

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Beth Overmoyer, MD, FACP

Many women who discover a lump in their breast confide in a friend or family member before talking to their doctor. They may be told that if a breast lump hurts or is sore, it probably isn’t cancer. To find out whether this urban legend holds any truth, we checked with Beth Overmoyer, MD, FACP, of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers.

If a lump in the breast does not feel sore or tender, does that mean it isn’t cancer?

Dr. Overmoyer: Between 2 and 7 percent of patients with a painful lump in their breast will be diagnosed with breast cancer. A lump is usually hard or firm compared with surrounding breast tissue. The presence of pain should not be reassuring – anyone who notices a new lump in her (or his) breast should contact a doctor. It’s unclear why some breast cancers are painful and others aren’t, but pain is not an indication of cancer being more or less aggressive. The most likely reason is that the cancer is irritating the nerves within the breast, but the true cause isn’t known.

If you can move the lump around, does that mean it isn’t cancer?

Dr. Overmoyer: Early detected breast cancer is often “mobile,” meaning that it can be moved within the breast tissue. This is actually a good sign, because cancerous lumps that are “fixed” to the skin of the breast or the chest wall are often associated with a more advanced cancer that has involved other parts of the breast, not just the fatty tissue. Mobile breast lumps have a greater chance of being surgically removed, and you should bring them to your doctor’s attention immediately.

How often should I perform a self-exam?

Dr. Overmoyer: Dana-Farber does not recommend relying solely on self-exams to find early-stage cancer. Your doctor should perform breast exams at your annual physical. It’s important to discuss your risk for breast cancer with your doctor and make a plan for prevention – and mammograms – together.

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120 Comments:

  1. What if you have a lump or two between the breast

    • Hi Mayah:
      The description above refers to lumps “within” the breast. If there are other concerning lumps “between” the breasts, I recommend you have your health care provider evaluate them. Good luck!

  2. My mum found a lump and went for test with the fluids and was told it was cysts and was placed on medication but didn’t go and started to pain her. She went back to the same place and the lump was removed and tested now she has been told it is cancer. What should she do?

  3. Pls how can i examine my breast personally @ home?

  4. I am 17 years old. I went to the doctor for pain in my right breast which I had been having for a while now. The doctor said she felt two small lumps in both breasts and some hardness in the right breast. My family has a huge history of breast cancer. Could this be linked?

    • Hi Esther:
      If you haven’t done so, we would recommend you see a breast surgeon who would be able to evaluate your family history and discuss other issues of screening.
      Hope that’s helpful.

  5. I started having pains on my right breast for about 2days now,when I touch it(breast)I notice its hard I don’t know if that’s a lump.I’m just so scared.

  6. Hi i am 24 years old and i was getting pain in my right breast a couple days ago. I did a self exam and found 2 lumps. Sometimes when i move my arm it hurts very bad. I was told by a family member that since its painful its not cancer. and am I to young for brest cancer? I won’t be able to see my Dr for another 3 weeks is that to long to wait?

  7. Hello, Samantha.
    Sorry to hear of your difficulties. If you cannot be seen for 3 weeks you might ask for a telephone consultation with your doctor. Good luck.

  8. I have a lump between my breast on the side of one and in grew within a day and began to feel painful and tender. I did twice get an Abscess on my thigh and I was wondering if you can get them on your breast as well.

  9. Hi I discovered a very mobile lump in my breast
    After I stopped breastfeeding. My GP examined
    Me stating she thought it felt glandular and to return
    In 2 weeks. She then reexamined me and said it
    Had gotten much smaller and not to worry. 2 months later
    It’s still there and another GP has referred me to breast clinic.
    But said she thinks its a fibroadenoma. I’m so worried now.
    What does anyone think?

  10. Hi, I noticed a lump in my left breast which is tender with rough edges,painful and attached to breast tissues..the pain comes days before my menstrual flow and stops after that..pls,what is the cause,diagnosis and treatment.

  11. Hello. We recommend that you talk with your doctor about this experience. Best of luck.

  12. I’m 16 and am on the birth control shot and have had my period my a while now but at a very very slow pase no need to use anything and just noticed a lump and turns when I touch it can move a little but do I go to my normal doctor or a specialist?

  13. Sorry I meant it hurts when I touch it

    • Hello, Alicia.
      Sorry to hear of the painful lump. You can seek advice from your primary care doctor.

      Best wishes.

  14. HI , I am 24 year old guy, living in London, i just figured out a swelling or u can say a lump appeared under my armpit in lymph nodes area , now its more than 3 weeks, problem is that i am not registered with GP, and my passport also in UKBA, SO suggest me how can i go for screen for this issues i am afraid to have cancer symptoms, because its equal to a golf ball and movable and painful when i press it.and also start to little pain in swelling area and around that…….

    • Hello. Sorry to hear of your painful swelling. If you feel it is severe, and you are visiting another country, you should seek help from a local hospital emergency room.

      Best wishes.

    • Seems like the only response from Doctors is to go see a doctor.

  15. hi..
    i m 24 yrs old….i had a lump on my right breast when i was 19 yrs….i got it operated and taken out….doc said its fibrodenoma and not harmful…..but now again i have noticed this lump and earlier it wasn’t painful now it is slightly painful wen i touch….is it risky or its the same….

    • Hello. Sorry to hear your lump has returned. We recommend that you seek advice from your doctor.

      Best wishes.

  16. Hello. The past week I noticed in my right upper breast a pain. First was dull pain like tenderness. After few days it started feel worse. I did a self examination. I noticed a hard lump and hurts to the touch. On my mother’s side Boone that I know of has had cancer besides an aunt with leukemia. On my father’s side there has been a few members with cancer. I scheduled a doctor appt for Saturday with my gyno. Can you help me to know what will be happening at th visit? I’m a little nervous.

    • Hi Perla:

      First things first: You’ve done exactly the right thing by scheduling an appointment with your doctor, because he or she can best guide you on your medical condition and potential next steps.

      Before your appointment, it may be helpful to keep in mind that most breast changes are not related to cancer. In fact, some studies estimate that as many as 80 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). Here’s a link with more information on some of the many potential causes of breast pain or lumps.
      http://www.cancer.org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/examsandtestdescriptions/forwomenfacingabreastbiopsy/breast-biopsy-benign-breast-conditions

      At your appointment, your doctor will most likely conduct a complete physical exam and a breast exam. After that, he or she may ask you to get a diagnostic test, such as a mammogram, to get a clearer picture of what’s causing your breast lump and pain. Just because your doctor wants you to have a diagnostic test does not mean you have breast cancer. To learn more about the diagnostic tests often used to detect the presence (or absence) of cancer, scroll down to the section entitled “Medical history and physical exam” on this page:
      http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-diagnosis

      I hope this is helpful and wish you all the best!

  17. I have had no breast problems until three weeks ago….noticed achy breasts, then swelling….first doctor told me I need a mammogram and I have “many lumps” in my left breast. There was a couple in the right as well. He said the lumps were mobile and soft and likely fibrocystic issues. However, I have had a horrible back pain behind the sorer breast…is this a possible metastasis of this new breast pain? I have a mammogram tomorrow and I’m terrified. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last month. I am 40.

  18. I’m 32 & have had this burning pain on the outside left breast for weeks now. There is a lump there that is tender & painful. I have checked both breast & only found issue w/left side. The left even feels harder/tight/full in comparison-hard to explain I guess. I don’t have insurance so it is not as easy to just go to the doctor to be checked out. So if any questions/suggestions that would be great. Thanks!

  19. Only a doctor can give you the best answer to your medical questions, and it’s important to get regular health screenings. You can start by contacting the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to uninsured women nationwide. Here’s more information:http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/screenings.htm
    You can use this search tool to find a program near you:http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dcpc_Programs/default.aspx?NPID=1

  20. Thank You for taking the time out of your day to respond to my question.
    Thanks, Stacee

  21. Stacee – You’re very welcome. We hope everything turns out okay and wish you the best.–michael

  22. Hello my name is madison.
    My mom just fount out she had a knot on her breast it is hard does that means it is cancer? And also im really scared if she has cancer it is worrying me sick im at a age where i need my mother i am 13. But it is hard and im not sure if it moves can someone PLEASE HELP ME?

    • Hi Madison:
      I know that it can be scary when you know something might be wrong. But try not to worry too much about the unknown. There are many causes of breast lumps, and some studies show that an estimated 80 to 85 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). As long as your mom sees her doctor about her breast concerns, she’s taking the right steps to stay healthy.

      I hope this is helpful and wish you and your mother all the best!

  23. hi, I am 16 year old girl. i have like one lump on in between my breasts. you cant rea.ly see it but you can feel it…when squeezed, something came out. i googled it and have most of the characteristics of a cyst…what should i do?

  24. Hi Kristina:
    Have you talked with your parents or a doctor? There is a lot of information on the Internet but a doctor is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis.

    As we’ve said in some comments above, keep in mind that studies show that the vast majority of breast changes are not related to cancer. In fact, an estimated 80 to 85 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). Here’s a link with more information on some of the many potential causes of breast pain or lumps that are not related to cancer.

    http://www.cancer.org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/examsandtestdescriptions/forwomenfacingabreastbiopsy/breast-biopsy-benign-breast-conditions

    The best thing you can do is see a doctor and follow your doctor’s advice

    I hope this is helpful and wish you all the best!

  25. Hi,
    Iam 32 yrs i got lumps on my right breast it is very painful i consulted our family dr she said it may be due to hormones changes and prescribed some oral medicines after 1 week it disappeared. But , now again i find the lumps in the same position and its less painful than earlier. Dr. suggested me to go for sonography or mamography what shall i do?
    My mother-in law have breast cancer and just recently she is operated for right breast. Earlier 4yrs before her left breast was removed.

  26. hi i ve got a lump in my right breast i need to know if it is cancer this lump is not paining its moving.Iwent to the doctor he said i have to decide if I am taking it out or not then I have to take the medication.That means I have cancer.

  27. Hi Phumelele:
    I’m glad you’re seeing a doctor to evaluate the lump. Your doctor is really the best person to talk to determine what the diagnosis is, and what the next steps are. We’d recommend that you keep talking with your doctor.

  28. Your observations are inconsistent with ‘conventional wisdom’ concerning painful breast lumps. Most oncologists advise that cancerous lumps are rarely painful – and are generally not ‘movable, ‘ even in early stages. All you’ve done here is cause unnecessary anxiety for the many women who most probably have benign cysts. That’s not to say that all women who discover a breast lump shouldn’t seek immediate medical attention, but someone reading your comments might be hesitant to have the lump examined.

  29. I found a very large lump in my right breast and its very painful when i just move my arm.. when I was 23 I had a cyst removed but it wasn’t painful .. I’ve also had a lumps over the years that just went away after a month or two.. but this lump is getting bigger and harder and very sore and tender..Cancer runs in my family heavly and it took my mothers life just a year ago and she was only 62 and Im 42 now. Im scared because my insurance ran out and I dont know where to go or who to see..

  30. Hi I am 23,I have 2 lumps in my right breast nothing painful just an itchy feeling,one is in the nipple area,I have seen two,been to 3 doctors 2 said it was growth hormones and the other said it was liquid inside,nothing wrong,can I remove them?

  31. We are sorry to hear of your dilemma. You have done the right thing by consulting your physicians. If you remain concerned, we’d suggest circling back to your primary care doctor to discuss further. Best wishes.

  32. I’m 34 yrs old. In 2004 I had tubes tied in 2009 had a ablation found a lump wasn’t painful had it checked came back benign now same lump is tender breast is swollen. I have a doc appointment but I’m worried. What’s the chances of it being cancer really wish they removed it the first time..

    • Rachel,
      It must be worrisome to deal with a breast lump at your age. You are doing the right thing by seeking care from your doctor, who can continue to evaluate you. Best wishes.

  33. I am 26 I found a hard lump 4 years ago been to my breast surgeon a lot and she says breast tissue but it hurts?

    • Hello, Amber. If you are concerned about the lump you should make an appointment with your primary care doctor or circle back to your breast surgeon.

      Best wishes.

  34. Hello. I’m 15 years old. I’ve had a pretty big lump in my right breast for about a month now, and it came to my attention that it could be linke to breast cancer a couple weeks ago. I told my mom about it and she said that it may be a cyst because its painful. Well, today when I woke up I was in so much pain from the lump that it brought me to tears. I’m not seeing my doctor until Thursday, but I have a feeling that it could get rather worse if I wait that long. And I have thought about going to a breast surgeon, but I would have to get my mom to take me, and she works long hours.
    There is no history of my family having breast cancer. But could I now start that chain? I’m so scared.

    • Hello, Kaitlin.
      You have done the right thing by making an appointment with your doctor. He or she can help you understand your breast lump and ease your fears.

      Best wishes.

  35. Hello,
    Ive had random shooting pains in my breast before, but not lately. Yesterday as I was getting undressed I felt a lump on my right breast. Its near the surface and a little tender when I touch it, it was also a little red around the area last night and warm. My question is should I contact my primary doctor, my ob/gyn or should I head to the ER? Im 23 and terrified

  36. Hi , ever since my aunt had a miscarriage (year ago) , she noticed a lump on her left breast. Her left hand is also swollen and her breast is purple. Could she possibly have breast cancer ?

  37. I am 19 years old and I found a marble sized lump in my armpit near my breast. I am very worried because breast cancer is in my family, but I don’t want to over react because I had an abscess drained about a month ago. It was located right about my pant line. I don’t know if this lump in my armpit is something as simple as that and should wait or if i should go see my primary care physician?

  38. Hello, Marisa.
    It is a good idea to consult your primary care physician.
    Best wishes,
    Chris

  39. I’ve had a lump on my right breast for some time now where it grew since I first found it, I was sent by my gyno for my first mammogram where I was told it wasn’t anything to worry about .. A few days later I was called by my gyn to see a cancer surgeon , the lump was diagnosed as a cebatious cyst but now I’ve noticed since seeing her which was about 2 months ago the cyst moved and now I’m not sure what to do because it was recommended by her for removal but the surgeon said its not something that has to be removed … Btw the cyst has never hurt in any way … I’m 36 yrs old dont know what would be the rite thing to do.

  40. 53 yr old woman – natural menopause 6 years ago.
    Two days ago I began to have pain in my left outer quadrant. I can feel a large lump, elongated and the area is painful and feels hot. Two weeks ago, I had a blocked salivary gland that finally drained. I know it sounds crazy, but could these two be related? I keep thinking blocked glands – I also have had Hidradenitis for over 30 years.

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  42. Hi I am 20 years old and woke up this morning with intense pain in my left boob thats when I noticed that it was a little red and puffy as well as very painful and hard near my nipple. I went to the doctor today and she gave me an examination and believes its a bug bite since it literally showes up tis morning but iis so painful right now I cant even sleep (i usually sleep on my stomach) and the pain is not olnly jeeping me up but making me worry as well. Is there any insight you have for me or any advice to hwlo with the pain?

  43. i am 24 year old guy , got a movable lump under my arm as equal to a golf ball,i took antibiotic but now its 5 month .. i went through ultrasound, xray , ct scan and my doctor also took some tissue sample last week. should i need to worry because its not painful but it use get pus

  44. i have a lump on both breast..it pains on squessing but doesn’t pain if left untouched.the lump size is about 5cm or greater.. could this be a breast cancer tumour?

  45. Hi.. Iv had this sore lump in my left breast with a light green discharge and over time the pain has spread around it, so i went to get an ultrasound an they found two little bumps an said there probably calcium deposits… Thats all i was told.. And to go back if it doesnt go away.. So that was june 2012 it is september now and the pain is still there what could it be? Also i did breast feed my son 5 years ago

  46. Hello doctor
    My girlfriend told that she is feeling pain in left breast below the nipple and a lump also can be felt in there.She told me that pain is so awful that she cant even sleep turning to the left side. She said that she even cant touch it. Its only a few days since she discovered this.

  47. Hey my name is Beata and I’m 13 years old and I have a lump in my right breast I’m kinda freaked out its really painfull and is the size of a small clemetine. I have heard that these appear sometimes a few days before your period but the point is I’m a few days after my period. I would really appreciate if you could help me. Thx:)

    • Hello, Beata. Your best plan is to make an appointment with your doctor to have the lump examined. He or she can offer advice and ease your fears.
      Best wishes.

  48. Hi, I’m 24. I have pain on both side of my breast. Similar to Nei’s description above – pain to the touch,lumps on both side about 5 cm. This pain last for years, and the last time I went to check with doctor, she said my breasts are still growing. Is it possible that my breast are still growing? Should I worry about cancer?

  49. I have a lump about the size of a dime in my right breast. I went to the doctor today who sent me straight for a mammogram. should have results monday but when the doctor examined me she said she wanted it removed immidiatley and is setting up an appointment with the surgen monday. I also have pain in the left breast. should I be concerned about cancer

    • Hi Shelly –
      Thank you for your comment. We are not able to give medical advice via email or this blog, so we recommend that you discuss these concerns with your physician. Best wishes to you.

  50. I was lying on sofa when a friend accidentally fell on me and my left breast was hit and is painful. How can I ease the pain?

  51. I had a pain in my breast earlier today & a few minutes ago I noticed a lump, it hurs when I touch it, I’m only 13, I’m really scared, what is this?:’(

  52. Hi Cydnee:

    We understand that it can be scary but it’s important to remember that most breast changes are not cancer. This page (http://www.cancer.org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/examsandtestdescriptions/forwomenfacingabreastbiopsy/breast-biopsy-benign-breast-conditions) from the
    American Cancer Society web site discusses some other possible causes.

    We’d recommend you see your health care provider who can properly diagnose you.

  53. Hi I had a lump removed 11 years ago on my left breast. It was moving and the test was negative. It wasn’t anything to worry about. I have a 5 weeks old baby and I’m breastfeeding. I feel so much pain everytime I breastfeed. My doctor checked and told me there was no lump or anything to be worried about n that it’s probably a milk production thing. The other breast doesn’t hurt. They both seem to be producing normal milk. What should I do? Pls help the nipples are not sore but the whole breast gets very hot

    • Dear Mich –
      I’m sorry to hear about your recent health trouble. Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice via email or this blog. It would be best to continue to bring up your concerns with your physician and, if possible, seek a second opinion. I wish you all the best.

  54. I am a 22 year old female who has no family history of breast cancer. However, last year I felt a small round lump on my right breast. The lump is movable but if I press it too hard I feel a slight pain. Sometime it feels bigger and sometimes it seem smaller. Sometime I have an uneasy upper back pain – on the right side. I have been to the doctor twice and they said it could be benign or a cyst and that I have nothing to worry about… Yesterday I felt a smaller lump close to the first lump. The lump is located to the lower right side of my breast. Please assist I need some advice

    • Dear Kal –

      Unfortunately, we cannot give medical advice out over email or this blog. It would be best for you to bring up your concerns with your physician and see if he/she recommends getting the lumps examined. If you are interested in more information about a second opinion at Dana-Farber, visit this site. I hope this is helpful and I wish you the best.

  55. I’m 19 years old and I have been having very bad pains in my breasts. I discovered a lump that can move, but it hurts just to lay down. I’m really scared, could this be breast cancer?

    • Dear Kimberly –
      It would be best for you to make an appointment with your doctor to talk about the pain and for him/her to examine the lump. He or she will be able to offer you the best advice. I hope this is helpful and wish you well.

  56. Hi
    I’ve been very sick the past couple if months and the doctors don’t know what is going on. I couldn’t help but notice two large lumps in my left breast. I’m not fully developed but I’m still worried. I’m afraid that my sickness might be leading towards some of this. I’m not sure what to think of it. They’re very large and round. I’d like to know what’s going on.

    • Hi Lily:
      I’m sorry you’ve been so sick. I know how hard it can be and it’s easy at those times to feel anxious about your health. We can’t give out medical advice on this blog or over email, but you’re doing the right thing in seeing your doctor. Keep talking with your doctor (and your parents) and let them know about the different symptoms you’re feeling
      We hope you’re feeling better soon.

  57. Hey I’m 16 years old and both of my breast have knots in them which hurt. Does that mean they are growing?

  58. hello,
    so im 17 and i had my period like a week ago and noticed that i had a lump in my right breast. it was hurting but it was mild. but as the days went by the pain got worse and shot up to my collarbone. the lump is the size of a pea…maybe a bit bigger and its soft and moves around. im just so scared. ive been scheduled to see a doctor but im just so scared :(

    • Dear Nessa –
      I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling well. I know it’s easy to feel anxious about your health, but seeing your doctor is the right thing to do. Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email.

      Keep in mind that most breast changes are not related to cancer. In fact, some studies estimate that as many as 80 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). Here is more information on some of the many potential causes of breast pain or lumps. I wish you all the best.

  59. The right side of my right breast hurts. I have had this pain for over two months and it wont go away. Im not pregnant nor in my period. Im 20 years old and a mom of twins. Im starting to get woried, because my close cousin is dyeing of cancer it started of as breast cancer.

    • Dear Annie –

      I’m sorry to hear about your close cousin, and I’m sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email, and you should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss these pains. We hope you are feeling better soon.

  60. Hi, i m 18 yrs old and i’ve found lumps in both breasts. They hurt when touched. I cant figure out what it actually is. I’m kinda scared if it is a breast cancer.

    • Dear Riny –

      It would be best for you to make an appointment with your doctor for him/her to examine the lumps. He or she will be able to offer you the best advice. I hope this is helpful and wish you well.

  61. I am 24 years old and I have a one year old daughter I am on breast feeding …today I felt a lump in my left breast ..when I am touching it ..it hurts I am so scared please advise me what should I do and should I feed my baby or no … Please help me

    • Dear Jasmeet –

      Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email. It would be best for you to contact your doctor and make an appointment for him/her to examine the lumps. He or she will be able to offer you the best advice. I hope this is helpful and wish you well.

  62. If it hadn’t been for my monthly self-exams, I wouldn’t have caught one of three tumors in my right breast and arm pit THREE weeks after a mammogram showed nothing.I had no tumors in Nov. 2011, felt a lump three weeks later, and had three tumors by 2/6/12. Do your selfies everyone and of course, have the mammograms.

  63. Hi,
    I just happened to notice on the side of my left breast in between my armpit and breast that I have a small lump that is painful to touch. I’m very freaked out about what it could be! I have endometriosis so I have a lot of hormonal issues. What do you think this could be? Should I be worried about it,I’m only 24!

  64. Dear Erin –

    Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email. It would be best for you to contact your doctor and make an appointment for him/her to examine the lumps. He or she will be able to offer you the best advice. I hope this is helpful and wish you well.

  65. vridhhi chaudhry

    Hi! I am 18, and recently I felt a movable, slightly painful oval shaped lump in my right breast. It’s been there for over a month now. I went to the doctor in my college as i am not home, she asked me to get mammography done when i get back home which is a month from now. Will it too be late by then? She asked me not to hurry though. :/I hope this is not an early symptom of tumour because i read and was told so.

    • Dear Vridhhi –

      I’m sorry to hear about your health concerns. Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email. It is best to discuss your concerns with your doctor, as he/she can give you the best advice.

      Keep in mind that most breast changes are not related to cancer. In fact, some studies estimate that as many as 80 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). Here is more information on some of the many potential causes of breast pain or lumps. I wish you all the best.

  66. Is it possible to have lumps that can not be felt by just feeling?

  67. Hi my names delisha recently I went with my grandmothers who’s 65 to get a mammogram , she has lumps in her breast and there tender and painful she says. The doctors want to check her for breast cancer they said that’s what they think it is do that necessarily mean that’s what it is?

  68. I am 17 years old and have a somewhat rare deformity called juvenile hypertrophy and in the right breast (the smaller one) not only I but my mother and doctor have found a hard lump and my mother herself had breast cancer. The lump has just started becoming painful here recently and I don’t know if I should tell my mother and doctor. What should I do?

  69. Hi, i had 6 breast lumps removed last year, the biopsy stated that its a tumor that can grow but isn’t cancer, now i have pain in the same breast and feel like its a lump but i am not sure. Should I consult a doctor or let it go?

  70. I have a lump closer to my armpit than my breast. Before it would only hurt around my menstrual cycle but know it hurts all the time, if i lay on my side and put pressure with my arm it also hurts. I have had it since i was in my teens and now im 30yrs old. What do you think it could be?

    • Dear Ana–

      I’m sorry to hear about your recent health concerns. Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog and it is best to speak with your doctor. Keep in mind that most breast changes are not related to cancer. In fact, some studies estimate that as many as 80 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). Here is more information on some of the many potential causes of breast pain or lumps. I wish you all the best.

  71. Hello, im sara and im 27 years old. I found a lump in my left breast when i was 24 and its still there. That breast hurts and the pain comes and goes. I feel like the pain has gotten worse recently and im really scared. I havent seen a doctor yet but planning to do it this week. But till then, do you think i have taken too long to see a doctor and it has turned into cancer by now? Im too scared to sleep. Thanks

    • Dear Sara –

      I’m sorry to hear about your recent health concerns. Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email. It is good that you have made an appointment with your doctor and will see him/her soon — it is best to discuss your concerns with your doctor, as he/she can give you the best advice.

      Keep in mind that most breast changes are not related to cancer. In fact, some studies estimate that as many as 80 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). Here is more information on some of the many potential causes of breast pain or lumps. I wish you all the best.

  72. I have a lump under my arm that has come up yesterday. I am 15 years old and I am away in a camp for 10days abroad, i can’t contact any doctor till I get home. Tomorrow I am going to ring my mum and tell her but I think the lump is from an infection from shaving because I am awful at shaving and this has happened before I think about two years ago or more. Do you think the lump could be cancerous? I am very scared because I am all alone with no one to go to for help without making a huge deal. The lump is sore. I am trying to be positive, because the lump popped up just after I shaved, please help me.

    • Dear Milly:

      I’m sorry to hear about your recent health concerns. Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email and it is best to discuss your concerns with your doctor when you can, as he/she can give you the best advice.

      Keep in mind that most breast changes are not related to cancer. In fact, some studies estimate that as many as 80 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). Here is more information on some of the many potential causes of breast pain or lumps. I wish you all the best.

  73. im 43 and have a large lump on my upper breast , is mammogram or ultrasound the best im so scared

    • Dear Ruth –

      I’m sorry to hear about your recent health concerns. Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email and it is best to discuss your concerns with your doctor when you can, as he/she can give you the best advice.

      Keep in mind that most breast changes are not related to cancer. In fact, some studies estimate that as many as 80 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). Here is more information on some of the many potential causes of breast pain or lumps. I wish you all the best.

  74. I am 17 years old and for about a year, I have noticed a hard lump in my left breast. A couple months ago it starts hurting, bad. Then I noticed both breasts hurt and there were lumps in both. The lumps aren’t the same on either side and they’re sore all the time. It’s gotten to the point where sometimes I stay laying down because they hurt so much when I move around. My family does have a history of breast cancer, but I’m too young to even get a mammogram without a referral. I went to my mom and after she felt one, she said it’s definitely not normal but I’m way too young to have breast cancer. I’m terrified of doctors and just cancelled my appointment to go. Am I going to get bad news or should I reschedule the appointment because it’s nothing serious?

    • Dear Kayla –

      I’m sorry to hear about your recent health concerns. Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email and it is best to discuss your concerns with your doctor when you can, as he/she can give you the best advice.

      Keep in mind that most breast changes are not related to cancer. In fact, some studies estimate that as many as 80 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). Here is more information on some of the many potential causes of breast pain or lumps. I wish you all the best.

  75. Hello, I’m 14 and there is a slight painful feeling in my left breast. I guess you could say it’s a lump, but it isn’t to the point where you can notice it. I woke up to a worse pain this morning, but after I like just sat down and kinda felt it a bit to see what it was, the pain mostly went away, but there is still slight paint whenever I do touch it. I’m really scared because I don’t know what is going on. Am I gonna need surgery or something?

    • Dear Maryam –

      I’m sorry to hear about your recent health concerns. Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email and it is best to discuss your concerns with your doctor when you can, as he/she can give you the best advice.

      Keep in mind that most breast changes are not related to cancer. In fact, some studies estimate that as many as 80 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). Here is more information on some of the many potential causes of breast pain or lumps. I wish you all the best.

  76. Actualy I am jst 18 but I have 2 lumps in both brest mean while one was removed last 2 years[2012].it moves around but it hurts sometimes.does dt mean its a cancer?

  77. So for like the last 3 month’s I’ve been having this knot on my left breast right at the bottom like crease of my breast it comes and goes but when it comes it is very tender it hurts to the touch I’m scared of bad news so I don’t wanna go to the doctors and I don’t wanna tell my husband I don’t want him worring..WHAT SHOULD I DO

    • Dear Ladayzanette –

      I’m sorry to hear about your recent health concerns. Unfortunately, we cannot give out medical advice on this blog or over email and it is best to discuss your concerns with your doctor when you can, as he/she can give you the best advice.

      Keep in mind that most breast changes are not related to cancer. In fact, some studies estimate that as many as 80 percent of breast lumps are benign (meaning they are not cancerous). Here is more information on some of the many potential causes of breast pain or lumps. I wish you all the best.

  78. my nipple is purple and there is a lump that is hard. it’s also painful. should I be worried?

  79. Hi m 25 year old .i have a blood knot in my both breast since my childhood till i also have .i concerned with lady doctors she told me that its normal blood clot bcz its from my childhood .but sometimes i get pain so please help me .

  80. I am 19 years oldas I was doing a self breast exams today because my right breast was hurting I came upon an irregular lump. I am a single mother and am really nervous what should I do?

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