How Do You Know If A Lump In Your Breast Is Bad?

Dear Heather,

I have this lump in my breast that I’m worried could be breast cancer, but maybe it isn’t. What should I do? How do you know if a lump is bad or just normal? And do you know of any kind of cream or anything else that could make it go away?

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We hear so many scary things about lumps in a breast and breast cancer that feeling *something* there is cause for panic. Logically, you know that it could be something that is not serious at all, but at the same time, you also realize the very real risks out there, and well.. it can be scary! How do you know if a lump in your breast is bad and something ot be worried about? I reached out to my friend Dr. Sherry Ross for advice – she’s from the site HelloFlo (a monthly period package you need in your life ASAP). 

Dr. Ross says, “Breast lumps are common and affect eight out of 10 women. The good news is that most of them are not cancerous. They can be caused by many a few different things. Sometimes you’ll notice that you feel more lumps around your period. If you feel a breast lump just before getting your period, chances are, it will go away once you finish your period. During premenstrual time, hormones can increase in nodularity of breast tissue, which creates benign cysts that ultimately go away once you start your period.”

This is probably the most common situation for most young women like yourself, and as you can see, it’s normal and no big deal! But if you’re thinking, “I’m not anywhere near my period,” read on. Dr. Ross says, “If you have a persistent breast lump or cyst, it is important to have your doctor examine you and determine if further testing, such as a breast ultrasound, is necessary. In this instance, size does not matter. Big or small, a breast lump that does not go away should be properly evaluated.” There’s only so much we can do via the Internet!

Before you freak out and start imagining yourself with breast cancer, make a doctor appointment. It’s really important to get this stuff checked out. It could be nothing, but then at least your mind will be at ease. At the same time, there’s always the possibility that it could be something, and if that’s the case, you want to get treated right away – and only an IRL doctor can do that for you.

As for making this lump go away on your own? There is no cream out there that will do that. You could look up natural remedies online, but honestly, they might not work. This could even be a benign (AKA safe) cyst in your breast that just needs to be removed. Again, I can’t say for sure! So I really want you to make an appointment with your gyno. And don’t freak out! Good luck.

What’s on your mind? Heather can help! Send her your question at heather@gurl.com You can also reach our buddies at HelloFlo with questions about your body or health. Just ask Dr. Flo at HelloFlo!

 

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