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Hi,

I've done a lot of reading online about breast texture, and with little results. Every site talks about the major things, like if you feel something "abnormal" go to the doctor. This is good information, but I want more.

Sites say that breasts can be naturally lumpy, but what IS lumpy? How can I distinguish normal breast texture from a lump? I've been meaning to start regular self exams and I don't know what to be looking for.

My breasts feel pretty lumpy. They always have been. I'm 21 years old and I haven't had a [known] issue with my breasts. I have not had a mamogram.

Is normal lumpy texture just supposed to be hardly noticible and small little bumps? Cause I can feel some definate lumps. I also have 32A breasts.


Can someone shed some light on breast texture for me?!

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Heather
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An actual breast lump tends to be very distinct, and will seem not to move around with your breast. It also won't usually seem to feel attached to all the rest of your breast.

Fibrous breasts -- breasts that feel kind of lumpy all over, or in general -- are normal and common, and also not an indication of breast cancer.

Does that clear it up?

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It is normal to feel some lumpiness in the breast, and it may be a little easier to feel since you have a smaller cup size. Those lumps are simply just the glands and such that make up the breast, and this lumpiness can be more pronounced at times.

Generally, a lump that you'd want to get checked out is one that stands out or feels different from the rest of your breast.

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Thanks.
I'm pretty sure it's just normal tissue, especially since they've been this way forever.

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Heather
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If the fibrous texture has been a constant, then you're right: it is highly unlikely it is anything at all to be concerned with.

Which is a good reason to start doing those exams: when you're very familiar with what your breasts normally feel like, then it can be a lot easier to spot changes that ARE a potential issue. [Smile]

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I just had a lumpectomy where they removed a non-cancerous lump called a fibroidadnoma (spelling?) from my left breast. My doctor had found this lump during my yearly physical/pap smear, did an ultrasound on the lump, and confirmed what it was. But to get to the point, after she pointed out the lump to me, it felt VERY different from the rest of my breast. It was very hard, and did not move around at all. After meeting the surgeon for my lumpectomy, he gave me a quick over-all breast exam and told me I have a condition called "poly-cystic" breasts. He said this condition is very common in women my age (I'm 20), and that all it means is that I have "lumply and bumply" tissue that gets tender depending on where I am in my cycle. The only problem with this condition is that it's a little hard to interpret those monthly self-exams. What I think is, that since I just got checked out by two doctors and got the one problem removed, this is what I'm gauging my "normal" on. You may what to talk to your doctor just so you can have a fresh starting point to gauge your self-exams. Like Heather was saying, spend some good ol' bonding time with your breasts and really pay attention to what's there. The better you know them the easier it will be to tell when something isn't right.

[ 01-18-2008, 09:36 AM: Message edited by: fallchild ]

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