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Hi i have a small lump behind my nipple that comes and goes, recently i have been suffering from numerous simptoms like, sharp stabbing pains through my nipple, discharge an itch and tingling, do i need to worry?

By Anonymous February 22, 2010 - 1:26pm
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I am worried i have breast cancer

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Dear Anonymous-

Thank you so much for your question and welcome!

You don't need to worry just yet!

But what you do need to do is get yourself in for a checkup with your health care provider as soon as possible.

You may have cysts in your breasts. One common factor with cysts is that they appear and disappear like you are experiencing, unlike cancerous tumors that remain and grow.

Here is some more information about cysts in the breast :

The glandular tissue of the breasts cycles monthly with menstrual periods, enlarging to prepare for a pregnancy, and then diminishing if one does not occur. This cycling causes cysts and excess fibrous tissue to build up. Virtually all women will have some form of this condition during their reproductive years, though many will not seek treatment for it.

Risk FactorsAll women between puberty and menopause are at risk for this condition.

Symptoms◦Multiple lumps (cysts) in both breasts that cycle with menstrual periods
◦Cysts may produce no symptoms or cause pain (mastalgia) and tenderness
◦Although at any given time a fibrocystic lump may be difficult to tell apart from a cancerous mass, its rapid disappearance and reappearance helps distinguish this condition from breast cancer
DiagnosisYour doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. There are generally only two concerns that arise from these symptoms:

◦Are you uncomfortable?
◦Do you have breast cancer?

Tests may include the following:

◦Mammogram (x-ray of the breasts)
◦Needle aspiration of a lump
◦Excisional biopsy of a suspicious area

It is important to note that mammograms alone cannot reliably distinguish between a benign cyst and a cancer. A lump that does not show significant monthly changes must be evaluated by other means.

You can read a lot more on our Cyst page, including treatments right here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/fibrocystic-disease#definition

Of course, we cannot assure you that what you have is harmless or benign, just remember that most lumps in the breasts are harmless.
But not all are - this is why you need to see a health care provider. Once you know where you stand, you can work on any treatments needed, heave a sigh of relief, simply monitor your health or all of the above.

Your other symptoms of sharp pain, tingling and discharge also need attention as soon as possible. Write all your symptoms down and make a copy for your doctor for her notes.

Will you update us as soon as you can?

February 22, 2010 - 2:50pm
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