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Is it Just Puberty

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,

 

I am 15 year old female and I have this bump under my right nipple. It is fairly large; it is a little bigger than my nipple. I am very worried about this. When I squeeze it, this clear liquid comes out. The bump is hard too. It is also VERY SORE FEELING... Is this just puberty?? PLEASE HELP!!

 

 

Signed: Is it Just Puberty

Dear Is it Just Puberty,

 

Sometimes lumps in the breasts are completely normal and sometimes they are not. TeenHealthFX cannot diagnose your condition over the internet; you need to be examined by a primary care physician, gynecologist, or adolescent medicine specialist. The doctor will complete a physical examination of the area, review your medical history and possibly perform some lab tests. Once she/he has gathered all the information she/he will be able to let you know if the condition is something that needs to be treated or is just a normal part of puberty

 

It is important that women to do a monthly self-breast exam (BSE) beginning in the teenage years. This monthly exam helps a female to get to know her breasts and to identify any abnormal lumps, discharges, discoloring or bumps. Many women find abnormalities in their breasts. About 75% of them are benign (normal and not cancerous), but you cannot assume this is you if you find a lump. When something abnormal is found, a woman should make an immediate appointment to see her gynecologist. A gynecologist will then do a clinical exam to identify if there are any signs of breast cancer. Breast cancer is a very curable disease if found early!

 

Check out this link to Breast Self-Exam instructions and if you find anything unusual during your exam, consult your doctor. BSE is a simple exam that could save your life!

 

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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