Oncology Questions? Ask an Oncologist for Answers ASAP
This is Dr. David
yes, someone your age could have a benign lump in your breast like a fibroadenoma.
if it hasn't changed in size or grown in a year, that is a little bit more comforting that it could be benign.
so you can't get a breast ultrasound?
No, my family circumstances rule that out unless there were much more pressing reason. I have never been ill, never been in hospital except to give birth, and this lump may have been there for much longer, as I never did breast examinations, and found this quite by chance.I know I am asking you for the impossible, but you have already been somewhat reassuring, and I thank you. The lump feels hard and rather irregular, and the rest of the breast may be slightly' fibrous'-feeling too, compared to the other. When I touch it, it moves. There is really no other symptom at all. Am I being of any help to you? I realise I want you to say, this is not cancer, and you can't do that, but any informed opinion helps my starte of mind!
it is established medical practice that women should be getting mammograms once a year at your age for screening purposes to catch breast cancer early so it can be treated before it becomes a "more pressing problem"
that is why things like routine colonoscopies and breast mammograms and pap smears are recommended when you are healthy.
to keep you healthy.
I don't understand why your family circumstance would keep you from having these routine screening tests. unless it is for very religious reasons or something else.
it sounds like you have lumpy bumpy breasts
movable is a good sign that it is benign.
hard is a worse sign.
not growing in a year or so is a good sign.
you should still get a mammogram and breast ultrasound.