Breast lump, very worried

I discovered a breast lump last night in my right boob.
Last year I had a large cyst in my other breast which was aspirated and all fine.
I managed to get in to see GP today, and she’s referred me to breast clinic.
She said it doesn’t feel like a cyst as it’s ‘too small’
Now I’m very worried.
My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer a week ago, and tomorrow I’m taking her back to clinic to discuss the extent, type and treatment.
My dad passed away a month and a half ago of lung cancer after a short time.
I feel like the stuffing has been knocked out of me, and life has knocked me down. How can I be strong for mum when I may have something serious myself…
How can the doctor be sure not a cyst?
I feel as though I’m in a bad dream

Hi jojo,

So sorry to hear what your family are going through at the moment, as well as this on top.

I am surprised your gp made that remark, as it would not be possible to tell exactly what it just by feeling it, as you already know, only the breast clinic can get to the bottom of it, but at least you have been referred. Sometimes communication isn’t as good as it could be.

With your mum going through this, maybe it would be possible just to focus on her next appointment as I’m sure you won’t want to worry her unduly on something that may well turn out to be nothing to worry about.

Let us know what happens,

ann x

Thank you for replying Ann.

I was a little surprised that the Gp made that remark too, especially as I read cysts can be very small, they have to start somewhere.

But because she’s a Doctor, used to lumps and bumps, you just take what they say as accurate.

I know I’ll only know once I’ve been to the clinic, but it doesn’t help the worry.
Yes, my mum is my focus, and have to be there for her. She only really has me.
Thank you again, I’ll keep you posted x

Dear Jo Jo,

I am very sorry for your loss and sorrow. If you can find a little quiet time to mourn for your father himself, that might ease your heart, even in the midst of all these other challenges.


kind thoughts


just another thought, jojo, I remember the dr commenting on my breast ultrasound that I had cysts in the breast, that were certainly too small to be detected.
take care
ann x