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Tissue change/armpit lump

13 Jan 2020 20:41

Hi all.  I'm 33,F and very overweight. 
I went to the GP in the last6 months to year with a lump on my left side of my breast.  GP and a student both had a feel and said probably a fatty lump. 
A few days ago I was in shower and noticed a lump in my armpit, pea-sized, round/oval firm and painless.  Went to GP today she said it's very noticeable and also said that the breast tissue feels different in the area I saw the GP with previously...... 

I have been referred to the breast care centre and said urgent should take 2 weeks max but there's a huge backlog and if haven't heard in 6 weeks to call them?! 

to be told your tissue is different and have a distinctive lump in the armpit and no real explanations or possible reasons left up to 6 weeks is to me just horrible.  I feel extremely scared, upset and low.  
There's a family history (gran) of breast cancer.

any reasons why tissue would feel different?  I work for 111 so don't particularly want to call them for advice. Thank you

Tissue change/armpit lump

14 Jan 2020 16:23 in response to Samis86

Hello and thank you for your post,

I am sorry to hear about this and the worry it is causing you. 

While I know it does not feel like it, you should be reassured that you have been referred to the breast clinic as this is where you will be told what this is. Please remember that most people who are seen there will not have breast cancer. also, breast cancer at your age is less likely to happen as it mostly affects women after the age of 50.

I think the best thing to do now is that if you have not received your appointment in 2 weeks to call the clinic and talk to them about this. You might have to wait longer to be seen and this is unlikely to cause you any additional harm.

In the meantime it is now all about waiting which I know can be difficult. So, if you can try and keep yourself busy and talking through your feelings with your family and friends. You can also talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Take care,