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My friend is worried. - April 4th 2018, 04:52 PM

So my friend has been worried for the past few days about her health. She eats right, is in athletics, and takes good care of herself. But thing is, she has a hard spot on her right breast. She grabbed my hand and was in tears, asking if it's normal. She says that when she presses/grabs the area, it hurts. Her mother won't take her to the doctor to get a checkup, and she is scared that she may have something wrong with her. She is scared that she may have breast cancer, although cancer doesn't run in her family. I'm not sure what to do besides tell her to take deep breaths and that it'll be okay, and I am worried for her since she hasn't been this worried for her health. Any ideas on what could be wrong?


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Re: My friend is worried. - April 4th 2018, 06:18 PM

We can't diagnose but it can help to keep in mind that lumps don't always mean cancer. Sometimes breasts can feel differently when you are still developing or during different parts of the menstrual cycle, and even if there is a lump, it might not be cancerous. It might also help to know that breast cancer in teenagers is also quite rare.

Perhaps she can keep an eye for any other symptoms, and see a doctor (with or without her mother) or a school nurse if she is concerned.


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Re: My friend is worried. - April 4th 2018, 06:40 PM

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We can't diagnose but it can help to keep in mind that lumps don't always mean cancer. Sometimes breasts can feel differently when you are still developing or during different parts of the menstrual cycle, and even if there is a lump, it might not be cancerous. It might also help to know that breast cancer in teenagers is also quite rare.

Perhaps she can keep an eye for any other symptoms, and see a doctor (with or without her mother) or a school nurse if she is concerned.
Oh okay! That's a relief to know. I'll make sure to let her know and see if she'll go to the school nurse. Thanks!


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Re: My friend is worried. - April 6th 2018, 02:05 PM

I agree with Celyn, there are people who have lumps during certain times and it isn't cancerous. It would definitely be a good idea for her to get into a doctor so she doesn't have to worry. If her mother is refusing to take her to the doctor she could, potentially, say something to the school psychologist. Not taking a child to a doctor can be seen as negligence. I don't that your friend's mom is negligent or just isn't worried but it definitely doesn't seem fair that your friend is worrying about this and she isn't be reassured.

Something she might be able to do is look into planned parenthood or something similar in your country/area. They might be willing to see her and discuss her concerns and help her get help despite her mom. I don't know what they can do for breast lumps but it might be worth looking into or calling them about. I have not utilized their services so I cannot say what they would say or do.

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