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Lump and rash, what should I do?

13 Jun 2018 16:03


Im 18 years old and I recently felt a painless lump on my left breast and got worried so I started to research the signs of breast cancer. For the past few months Ive had a rash on the same breast and it has become discoloured, which is one of the signs of breast cancer. However online it says women usually get breast cancer from 30 years old and onwards.I told my mum and she said to wait a few days to see if the lump goes before going to the GP, what should I do? Also, I have A-level exams right now so Im really stressed so dont want this extra stress on me Sad Cry

Thank you for reading xx

Re: Lump and rash, what should I do?

14 Jun 2018 10:28 in response to malki

Hello and thanks for your post

Whenever anyone contacts us with something that is worrying them we always suggest they make an appointment to see their GP and get checked out to be on the safe side. But I don’t think you need to be overly concerned as breast cancer would be very rare in someone of your age. The symptoms you mention are much more likely to be caused by ordinary everyday problems that teenagers may get from time to time. This can often be related to hormonal changes.

Breast changes are very common in young girls and the majority of these are not cancerous. As your breasts are still developing, changes may develop and these are nearly always due to normal changes in the breast tissue. But, I appreciate it can still be worrying when you find differences in how your breasts look or feel.

The charity Breast Cancer Care has some information about what is normal at this link. 

They also have some more information for teenagers here. 

To put your mind at rest, it would be a good to make an appointment to see your GP (and you can ask to see a female doctor if you prefer).  They will examine you and will be able to advise you further. Many people tell us that they feel embarrassed about showing intimate parts of their body with their doctor. But doctors are used to dealing with situations like this and they will not think it is anything unusual. They will also try and make you feel at ease.

I hope this helps.Good luck with your A level exams. If you would prefer to chat to one of the nurses directly, you can telephone us on 0808 800 4040.  We are here from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Best wishes,