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posted by Salvatore1864
09 October 2020

Breast lump and pain

Last reply: 4 months ago

I am 31.In may I found a lump in my right breast.I had it checked out at a women's health clinic.The doctor was very confident that it is fibroademoma but said she would refer me to the nreast clinic to confirm.

I called the hospital the other day as I had not yet received an appointment.The horse told me that I had not been triaged as urgent but given that my mother has had breast cancer she would get me an appointment.Inow have that appointment for early November.

In the last couple of days I have started having pain in the breast,collar bone area and down my arm.Mybe that's is just stress but I have read it usually means an advanced breast cancer that has spread to the lungs and now I am terrified.

In your experience just how worrying is this type of pain?

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commented by Cancer Nurse
12 October 2020

4 months ago

Hi Salvatore1864,

I’m sorry to read that you are terrified that you have advanced breast cancer, I can’t imagine how distressed you must feel.  When there is a change to the breast or a new lump it is a very worrying time for most people and it is common to think the worst case scenario. 

It is reassuring that you GP is confident that it is a fibroademona and that she referred you to a breast clinic to confirm this.  Breast pain typically is not a symptom of breast cancer, there could many reasons for the pain that you are experiencing.  When we read information on the internet, it is important to remember that it is general information and not to be used as a tool to help us diagnose what is happening, depending on where the information is found, we do not know how reputable it is.  The only way that we know what is happening for you, is to visit the breast clinic for examination and tests if needed.

It may help how you are feeling to talk to family and friends so they can support you.  There are also cancer nurses available to speak with on our support line on 1800 200 700 if you would like any support or advice.

Kind regards,

Cancer nurse

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