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Scared about Breast cancer.

By October 12, 2010 - 3:25am
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I am quite young and Im very scared I have breast cancer, or something to that degree.
For the past few months my nipples have been constantly sore, even wearing a bra or laying on my stomach gets uncomfortable, or when they aren't being touched I can still feel a slight pain. Note: they hurt even when off of my period, and Im not pregnant, my last sexual encounter was a very long time ago.
I read somewhere that it could be the cause of breast cancer.
I know I should just go to a doctor but Im very shy with my body, even the thought of asking my mom about it scares me. Since here is more anonymous I thought I could get more information.
Thank you in advance.

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Hi Altara

Don't be afraid. Breast cancer does not typically develop on both sides at once, so whatever this problem is, is probably is not cancer.

Sore nipples can be caused by hormones, by irritation (for instance, bra fabric that causes friction), and all sorts of other little things. Since it is really bothering you I suggest you see a health care provider. I know you are shy, but it will put you at ease to find out what is going on. See a woman if you are too shy to see a man. Unless your mother is a health care professional, she will not be able to diagnose you.

This is likely a minor thing, even though it is scary and embarrassing for you. Please make an appointment so you can put your fears to rest and get some relief. Let us know how it goes. You may help someone else with that information.

Good luck and thanks for writing.

October 12, 2010 - 6:45am
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