I felt mine in the shower one morning a firm lump like a small marble; it's just below the armpit so it's where i wash every day and am certain it was not there before. 2 weeks later mammogram and USS , the USS confirmed breast ca, but the mammogrm even when magnified in that area, nothing to see. I am 49 and breast tissue denser in under 50's so can make abnormalities difficult to see which is why screening is not promoted at too early an age. She said my breast tissue was dense on mammogram. So mammograms are not to be relied upon. Have just been called up for my first mammogram on the screening programme a few days after diagnosis ! This wouldn't have made any difference anyway but what timing !
It sounds like you're having a pretty worrying time at the moment. As well as the support you will recieve here you might find it helpful to give the BCC helpline a call on 0808 800 6000. Here you can share your thougts and concerns with someone who will offer you a listening ear as well as emotional support and practical information. The lines are open weekdays 9 to 5pm and Saturday 10 to 2pm.
Best wishes Sam, BCC Facilitator
I found a small lump on my right breast about 3.5 weeks ago, the outer skin appeard red so I thought maybe it was a pimple....but it did not go away so I made an appointment with my doctor and went in today. She examined that lump on my right breast and said it was more superficial than anything, but she also found a bigger lump which was deeper in the tissue right next to the lump i discovered. She referred me to a breast specialist but they could not get me in untl April 16, so also referred me for a mammogram and ultrasound which I have to wait 1 week to get. I am so worried about this only because breast cancer runs on my moms side...3 aunts have passed away of breast cancer and one was only in here late 30's. I hate this waiting game =/
I thought I’d post my experience with finding a lump in my breast (only did last night) and would also like to chat to others about it, as I’m quite worried. Everyone keeps telling me not to be worried and I guess here's why: I’m coming up to my period (tomorrow or Wednesday), I’m on the Yasmin pill a while now AND I don't have any other 'symptoms' that usually come with the 'serious stuff'.
Basically, last night, while I was watching TV, I started to notice the utter tenderness and sore areas around my breasts, but noticed it much more in my right breast. I decided to feel around them, and alas, I came across a lump. I freaked out, woke my Mam from her sleep, and was in hysterics. It really frightened me - and it's one of those things that "will never happen to me", well that was silly, because I should have always been checking my breasts all along anyway.
Every month, my breasts get uber sensitive and sore a few days my period. But my right breast is much more tender, the lump inside can move around and is much more swollen than the left. I saw a college nurse today who told me to come back tomorrow to see a doctor. She mentioned that it could just be a cist, a hair follicle or could be something to do with the pill or pre-period. I'm nervous about seeing the doctor tomorrow. There is no pain in my arm, around my armpit or on my side - that's a good sign right? I did read on this website - http://www.patient.co.uk/health/breast-lumps - about various lumps and that most of the time they are not cancerous. Can someone out there reassure a lost soul and please tell me that I’m over thinking everything? Thanks guys, hope to hear from you’s!
Hi, I thought I'd add my story onto here. First of all, can I just say how shocked but relieved I am that none of us are alone. Also, I'm sorry that each and every one of you on here have gone through what you have.
I am 20, and I regret to say that I never realised the importance of checking myself. I didn't even find my own lump, a boy (my best friend) did... We got lost in an intimate moment and all of a sudden there was a look of shock on his face. It terrified me that I didn't know my own body well enough to notice it; when I went to my GP (who was brilliant, and referred me straight away), the lump was 30mm which isn't particularly small. They didn't think it was suspicious either because it is hard and smooth, and moves about easily. I haven't had any pain until after my biopsy, which made the lump swell to about 37mm. After that, I have had a little pain which I was told is normal. I did have a swollen lymph gland, which ached, but it has gone down and is no longer painful.
Hope you are all doing well. Keep strong x