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It is understandable that you to feel nervous and worried as you have noticed breast changes.
Breast changes can happen for many reasons. They may be due to hormonal changes as part of your monthly cycle (period) or due to benign conditions (not cancer). You’ll probably find your breasts change quite a bit throughout your life.
It is natural to feel worried or frightened about going to a breast clinic.
Your breast clinic assessment may be done in a one stop clinic. This is where the tests you need to find out what may be causing your symptoms are carried out. The clinic staff will talk you through what they are doing and will try to provide you with as much information as possible. Some test results may be available later that day, but if you have a core biopsy this will take longer. In some cases, you may be asked to make another appointment to finish your tests or to get your results.
The staff in the breast clinic will know that you want your results as soon as possible and your specialist may be able to tell you what they think the outcome might be. However, the results of any investigations you've had are usually needed before you can be given more detailed information. You may have to wait about a week for your test results.
Having investigations for a breast problem can be an anxious and stressful time, trying to find ways to manage your anxiety during times of uncertainty such as keeping busy may be more difficult due to the pandemic. Talking to family and friends may be helpful or you could let your GP know how you are feeling. You may find this NHS link helpful for practical tips on dealing with anxiety.
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I'm 36 and have a hard lump on the outer upper side of left breast, this almost feels like a hard ridge over my rib. I went to the GP about 3 weeks ago and she said the lump moved and she didn't think it was anything serious but has referred me to the clinic and I go on Friday. At the time of my appointment, it was painless but I have had some intermittent sensations such as a burning feeling or some achniess more in the arm than in the lump.
I'm very nervous about what it could be and I just wondered if anyone had had anything similar and what happened? I'm also worried that they won't tell me anything at the clinic and I'll have to wait another couple of weeks to hear. It's been hard enough to get to this point!
If anyone can offer any advice/ support, it would be appreciated.