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I've been on the pill since August (for acne) and my dermatologist commented (cuz they have to feel you up for some reason or the other) then that my boobs were rather 'uneven' (in other words, like there were big semi-hard lumps in them), and i'd never really noticed it before.

For starters, is this normal? Well, not 'normal', but common enough for it to not make me some kinda freak [Razz] And also, is that just the way my boobs are and so I should accept them (other than the lumpy-ness I quite like them) with the lumps, because they're likely to always be there? Or could I kinda "grow out of it"?

I know that once you're like over 16 you're supposed to start performing regular self breast examinations, so I've decided to start a bit late, but this raises some questions: Would I be able to feel a lump of a cancerous kind in all the non-cancerous lump that is boob? Would a cancerous lump be much harder than the lumps in my boob?

Sorry, just wanted to check it out before I start imagining things...Thanks***

Ps. hope this went into the right section :/ sorry if it's wrong [Smile]

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A dermatologist doing a breast exam is a new one by me. And he or she doing that and also not showing YOU how is even more odd.

That said, pity he or she didn't do their job in being clear with you in what they were addressing.

I'd guess that he or she was just finding that you've got more fibrous breasts. That doesn't mean you've got anything to worry about: some of us do more than others. Sometimes that can be influenced by certain factors like coffee or cola drinking, certain levels of hormones and times of the fertility cycle, and other benign issues.

Fibrous breasts feel "lumpy" in a different way than pre-cancerous, possibly cancerous, or noncancerous tumours or lumps: those lumps tend to be much more distinct than general.

Here's a good link for you on self breast exams:

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I have fibrous breasts, and my doctor always comments on it. See if you can find someone with an example of a breast lump. I took a women's health class that had a little rubbery thing that looked and felt like a fibrous breast that we passed around, so that you could feel normal and feel what kinds of lumps cause worry. See if your doctor can get something like that.
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