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What do I do?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 15, 2006
  • 07:17 PM

I'm 21 and have had a lump on my areola for about a year now. When I first found it my doctor just looked (he didn't exam it or anything) and said it was a cyst. It appears to have grown a little in size. The lump is hard, doesn't hurt, about the size of a pea, doesn't move, and is visible. Cancer runs Rapidly throughout my family also. My mother and I have recently changed doctors but I have yet to see her. I tried to get an appointment for when I go home but they're booked. I'm not sure if I should wait a month and a half to see her or if I should find a doctor around my school to look at it. Should I be concerned or not?

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  • Have it removed regardless of what it may be. If it is growing no matter how slowly it will be problematic in the future for you, even if it be cosmetic concern.Since it is so small a surgeon can do this under a local and have the lump sent for investigations to confirm its status.Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 15, 2006
    • 09:29 PM
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  • It's good that you switched doctors. It's nearly impossible to tell the difference between a cyst and other growths just by looking. Before going the "full monty" and getting it removed, have an ultrasound. An ultrasound can tell you fairly certainly whether it is a cyst, a calcification, or something else. If it looks problematic, they will probably got ahead and remove it under local rather than do a biopsy, since it is so small. Good luck.
    eleven 55 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 07:18 PM
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