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Lump Over Breast Has Been Getting Bigger And Sometimes Hurts

Published: January 13, 2014
Dear Lump Over Breast Has Been Getting Bigger And Sometimes Hurts,

I am 16. Last year at the beginning of June I found a medium sized lump above my breast (over my heart). The lump is very hard and is quite a bit larger than the palm of my hand as of now. Over time its been getting larger. It randomly hurts about once a week, but its been getting more frequent. I pretty sure this isn't normal so what is it?


Dear Lump Over Breast Has Been Getting Bigger And Sometimes Hurts,

It is possible that what you have found is something called a fibroadenoma, which is a solid, noncancerous breast tumor often found in adolescent girls and women under the age of 30. Fibroadenomas may present no problems at all, but might simply need to be monitored for any changes in size or feel. Sometimes doctors will recommend surgery to remove the fibroadenoma.

If the lump seems to be growing rapidly, this could suggest a more concerning breast mass. However, it would important for a doctor to assess the current size, how long the mass has been present and how quickly it has increased in size to determine how much of a concern there might be.

TeenHealthFX recommends that you schedule an appointment with your doctor so that you can have this lump evaluated and so that an accurate diagnosis can be made. It is easy to go to a place of fear or anxiety when one thinks about a lump in the breast area, but FX recommends that you stay calm and remember this could easily be a noncancerous lump with nothing to worry about. Before jumping to any conclusions or getting too worked up, meet with your so you can find out exactly what is going on.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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