The care and feeding of lumpy breasts
February 25, 2013 8:52 AM Subscribe
A recent scare has made me aware of breast cancer, but my boobs are hopelessly lumpy. Is it even worth doing self exams?
posted by nerdfish to health & fitness (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have no family history of breast cancer and usually ignore the ladies. About a month ago I pulled a chest muscle at the gym, and TL;DR found a lump in my breast. I'm under the impression that any breast lump should be seen to immediately, so I went to my GP who confirmed there was a lump and referred me for an ultrasound.
The sonographer looked at the lump for about 5 seconds before sighing heavily and telling me (a) that it was just a 'stiffness' in the tissue and (b) I shouldn't worry because lots of women overreact about their breasts. He then tossed me a pamphlet on breast pain.
I started doing breast exams and, sure enough, on close examination, my breasts are very, very lumpy. I already feel a little overwhelmed trying to remember where all the lumps are. Where does this leave me in terms of preventative care? I feel deeply ashamed and embarassed after the ultrasound. I have no family history of breast cancer and I'm just 29. Should I just ignore them until I'm older?