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May I talk about my current on going situation

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Hi may I talk about my current on going situation
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

what is your question?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi doctor,I spoke to you recently about my left breast I'm just unsure if one lump i am touching if actually part of my rib,I know this may sound silly but can I post a picture to show you the exact spot?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

sure.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm laying down,it's where my finger is
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

you really should only be doing self breast exams once a month after your period.

you are young, so you normally have glands and fat lobules in your breast.

the photo looks like you are feeling something on the bottom of your left breast

you could be feeling a rib or a normal breast gland in that area

I would not stress about breast cancer in your case.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That's correct bottom of left breast it's feels oval shape and very very hard
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

you are probably feeling a rib there.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
A floating rib,is this common to misinterpret this for a lump
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

floating ribs are the 11th and 12 ribs.

yes, a floating rib can be through to be a lump or mass in the breast if you are inexperienced in doing breast exams.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am inexperienced doing exams,so this can be mistaken for a lump
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

yes.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Doctor I thought the 11th and 12th ribs was at the back
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

these ribs start in the back and wrap around to the front.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Of course sorry,just one more question,is it easier to feel one rib than the other,I mean I can't feel the rib on the right as much? Is this because there is less tissue etc on this rib?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

we are all build not 100% symmetric

so one rib may be different shape than the other rib

so you don't have to worry if you can't feel the floating ribs on the other side the same.

let me know if you have other questions.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you so much doctorBest wishes lucy
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi doctor I forgot to add,can the ribs 11 and 12 be of different size/thickness to?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

yes, they can be different sizes and thickness.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's just if it is my rib it's very notable like feeling a lump,compared to the other side can hardly feel anything on the other side
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

yes, this is a normal rib.

you don't have to worry about it.

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