Meet others worried about developing breast cancer for the first time. PLEASE DO NOT POST PICTURES OF YOUR SYMPTOMS. Comparing notes, symptoms, or characteristics is not helpful here, as only medical professionals can accurately evaluate and assess your individual situation.
Posted on: Aug 15, 2017 04:24AM - edited Oct 19, 2018 10:30AM by Moderators
Guidelines for those who do NOT have a breast cancer diagnosis but are worried due to changes/symptoms in their breast health, family history, or because of benign breast conditions.
Only a medical professional can accurately evaluate and assess your individual situation. This community should not be a substitute for healthcare consultation with a physician or other licensed medical provider. For people concerned that they may have breast cancer, comparing notes, symptoms, or characteristics is not helpful here.
We do NOT allow members to post images of breasts or other breast symptoms on these public discussion boards. If you do post images, they will be subject to removal by the Moderators. Breast cancer cannot be diagnosed from images.
This website includes facts, views, opinions and recommendations of individuals and organizations deemed of interest to the community concerned about breast cancer. You acknowledge and agree that these views, opinions and recommendations are NOT a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should ALWAYS seek the assistance of a medical or other healthcare professional for medical and other health matters.
If you are under 18, we need to tell you that you are not allowed to post on this site for legal reasons. If you're worried about your breasts, including anything that feels like a lump, you should know that breast cancer in young women, including teenagers, is very, very rare. But we understand that you may have real concerns and symptoms. If that's the case, please tell an adult you trust: a parent, another family member, a nurse or someone else at your school. They can help you get an appointment with a doctor or nurse practitioner. You can feel proud of yourself for taking your health concerns seriously. Take a look here for additional resources: Important Resources for Teens.
Please limit your posts to ONE of the following forums:
Not Diagnosed But Worried https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/83
Waiting for Test Results https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/62
Benign Breast Conditions https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/148
High Risk for Breast Cancer https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/4
Review the currently listed topics in the forum of your choice from the above. Someone may have already asked a question similar to yours, and received answers that would fit your situation. A great place to start is this thread, which covers frequently asked questions about interpreting imaging results, common symptoms or unusual breast activity. Please see For ALL Not Diagnosed Newbies: Imaging & Common Symptoms FAQs for more information.
In the forums, look for topics with recent activity or you may also start a new topic, if you're not finding the answers you're seeking. Introduce yourself as a new member and post your question.
Refrain from posting the same question in multiple topics. Allow some time for members to respond before posting again in a different thread. If you have not received responses in a timely manner or if you are confused or concerned about the responses you receive and need help please send a PM to the Moderators for assistance: https://community.breastcancer.org/member/56097/message
We hope that you do not receive a breast cancer diagnosis. Since we are a breast cancer organization, it is only appropriate and in your best interest to remain on our boards long-term if you receive a breast cancer diagnosis, or as needed during times of concern (e.g. further testing).
If you have been routinely and repeatedly told by your doctor and/or a second opinion doctor that your concerns about breast cancer are unfounded due to testing results, repeating your concerns on these discussion boards will not change your status, and likely will frustrate members who have already offered help and advice. If you think you may have a health-anxiety issue, we strongly suggest you share your concerns with your doctor and ask for help minimizing your anxiety.
Below you will find links and information on our main Breastcancer.org site for those who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer but may be worried:
Benign Breast Conditions, for lots of information on signs and symptoms of benign issues.
•Understanding Breast Cancer, to help define what breast cancer is.
•Symptoms of Breast Cancer, for information about what to look for.
•Breast Cancer Risk and Risk Factors; great info on how to determine your risk level and things you can do to help lower your risk.
•Screening and Testing for information on types of breast cancer tests and what they show.
•Managing Breast Cancer Fears, for info on calming your fears and getting the information you need.
•Understanding Breast Imaging and Database System (BI-RADS)
- Eight out of 10 lumps that women may feel in their breasts are benign (not cancerous). A benign lump can be a collection of normal or hyperactive breast gland cells, or it may be a water-filled sac (cyst).
- In any event, if you feel a lump and you're worried about it, DON'T HESITATE TO SEE A DOCTOR. By getting a doctor to check the lump you'll ease your fears. And if it's something serious, you can start getting treatment right away.
- One way to make lumps less frightening is to get to know what your breasts normally feel like. There's no better way to find out than by doing your monthly breast self-exam. The upper, outer area—near your armpit—tends to have the most prominent lumps and bumps. The lower half of your breast can feel like a sandy or pebbly beach. The area under the nipple can feel like a collection of large grains. Another part might feel like a lumpy bowl of oatmeal.
- If you notice any changes in your breasts that last over a full month's cycle or that seem to get worse or more obvious over time, tell your doctor. Knowing how your breasts usually look and feel may also help you avoid needless biopsies.
•Test Results and Medical Records, including what to do when you get your test results and how to keep track of your records
In addition, there are also important Discussion Board threads for those not diagnosed but worried, where you can find and ask for advice from others who are where you are, or from those who have been there: