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Had a PAP and I don't understand!

I went to get my annual pap this week. I am a 26 year old college student so I went to the health center because I have no insurance. She said she felt my right breast was dense. She had me feel where it was dense and I could tell a difference in that one. She told me she did not feel a mass and that I should give myself exams every month. I have done that but I feel like I am feeling for a lump all the time! Should I get a mammogram or just wait it out until my next exam. I am not certain it is a mass but my breast does feel odd. Thanks for the help.

Fri. Sep 14, 6:27pm

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I would go to planned parenthood (since you don't have insurance) or maybe even to a hospital free breast cancer screening and get someone else to check you out. It is super common for women (especially in their 20's) to have dense breast tissue, even fibrous (some women develop cysts in their breasts from high caffine consumption) lumps and most of the time it is nothing. However for your peace of mind and to be safe, get a second opinion to check it out.

It is important to do self-breast exams and it is normal to sense "lumps" at first until you get to "know" what your own individual breast tissue feels like. Your breasts may feel lumpier at certain times of the month than others due to fluctuating hormones so you may want to feel them at two different points in the month on more than one month so that you can see/feel the difference. But I think right now while you are freaked out, doing your own exams will only make you more scared. Just go see another doc, you are probably fine!

Saturday, September 15, 2007, 1:23 AM

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