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12 Daughter Has A Hard Knot In Her Breast

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
my 12 yr old daugther started her period last year and dev. about the same time.today her left breast got to hurting.when i checked her she has a hard knot right above her nipple,and she says it hurts alot.is this part of the growing stage.
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Dear 12 Daughter Has A Hard Knot In Her Breast,

 

Your daughter may be experiencing cyclical breast pain that is related to the monthly changes in her estrogen and progesterone hormone levels. During each menstrual cycle, breast tissue can swell because hormonal stimulation causes the breast’s milk glands and ducts to enlarge and retain water. The breast may feel swollen, painful, tender, or lumpy a few days before menstruation. This breast pain and swelling usually ends when menstruation is over.

 

While there can be a certain amount of tenderness and swelling in the breast during or just before a woman’s period, if breast pain is accompanied by lumps, cysts, or areas of thickness in the breast, there may be some kind of benign breast condition. This means that there is some kind of non-cancerous breast abnormality. The most common benign breast conditions include fibrocystic breast condition, benign breast tumors, and breast inflammation. Depending on the type of benign breast condition and the patient’s medical history, treatment may or may not be necessary.

 

TeenHealthFX cannot give any kind of accurate diagnosis over the web in terms of the exact cause of this “knot” in your daughter’s breast. So we do recommend that you take your daughter to her primary care physician or an adolescent medicine specialist so that you can find out the exact cause of this lump, and learn whether any kind of treatment is necessary. 

 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or Girl’s Street – A Young Woman’s Health Program – at 908.522.2555. You can also call your local teen health center or your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

 

To read more about possible causes of lumps in the breast, read our answer to “Small Lump On My Breast,” under the Breast Size, Shape and Concerns category of the Sexuality and Sexual Health section of the website.
Signed: TeenHealthFX

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