A friendly reminder to grab a feel of your boobs!
I’m sat at my kitchen table typing this post because It’s super important. Last week I found a lump around 2cm in diameter in one of my boobs, obviously, I went straight to the doctors to get it checked out. I would like to say this is my first experience at finding a lump but it’s sadly not. I’ve been there, done that, got the scar to prove it. A biopsy was taken and we found it was fibroadenoma is a very common benign (not cancer) breast condition. The most common symptom is a lump in the breast which usually moves when you touch it. Fibroadenomas often develop during puberty so are mostly found in young women, but they can occur in women of any age. Men can also get fibroadenomas, but this is very rare.
So you found a lump? What do you do now?
I called my doctors and got an appointment the very next day, where I had a physical examination. it took around 2 minutes in total. I was then asked about my family history with breast cancer (my grandma had breast cancer back in the day) and was informed by my lovely doctor that she was going to refer me to the breast clinic at my local hospital. My appointment for my clinic check arrived in the post around a week after my doctor’s appointment and I am booked in for the 28th February.
When I visited the breast clinic in 2013 I was given another examination, an ultrasound scan and I had a biopsy taken. I wasn’t there too long and all of the staff were super lovely and loved to have a joke about which obviously I appreciated! Once the biopsy was taken for testing it was around 2 weeks before I heard from my consultant and was informed of the results. Fibroadenoma as mentioned previously. They suggested I had this removed as It was growing fairly quickly and let’s be honest, my boobs are not the biggest so any lump and bump are always more noticeable. I was admitted as a day case and had the lump removed under a general anaesthetic (I have heard of a few people having them removed with a local anaesthetic but I had whatever I was given.
I have a scar about an inch in length now but it’s so faint you can barely see it now. It didn’t hurt at all and I am fully happy to have this done again should I need to. I check my boobs probably once a month or more, usually while in the shower. It’s quick and easy so why wouldn’t you??
Please, please, please go check them and if you need help in what to look for then head over to the CoppaFeel website for more info, I found it super helpful! & please feel free to message me if you need any more info!