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lumps in the breast

By Anonymous December 20, 2009 - 9:31am
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m shruti frm india...
m 21 years old n i wanted to ask u is it nessery that if a gal has lumps in her brest it has to b cancer?...
well i do hav lumps ...
i jus wanna knw is it cancer??

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You are also very young. Do you regularly do breast exams? Young women's breasts are often quite fibrous and lumpy. That's one reason that regular self exams -- monthly, perhaps -- are valuable, because you learn what your own breasts feel like. One of the things to do, when you feel a lump, is to see if there is a similar lump on the other side -- in other words, are you feeling an actual lump, or are you feeling the structure of your skeleton and your breast tissues?

Is the lumpiness you feel all over? Or is it concentrated in one place? Does it feel hard, or soft? Is it movable? Are you having any pain? Is there anything showing on your skin, like redness or a rash? Do your nipples look normal?

Please get back to us and let us know a little more. But Miscortes is right -- you never want to take this lightly. Please make an appointment with a doctor as well.

December 22, 2009 - 8:17am
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Thank you for your question. Lumps in the breast does not always mean cancer. They can be benign as well. It is imperative that you have the lumps checked out by a physician to be certain immediately. Many people live with benign tumors in their breasts without being cancerous but physicians will monitor them carefully. Please seek medical assistance, unfortunately we cannot provide you a diagnosis and breast cancer should not be taken lightly. Please keep us updated!

December 20, 2009 - 9:52am
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