I have severely asymmetrical breasts. The left side is a 38-40 dd and the right is about a C cup.
I have a large mass in my left breast, which I've calculated to be about the size of a ping-pong ball or a little larger. It causes extreme pain at times, sometimes radiating into my nipple or up into my armpit. Sometimes it hurts so bad, it brings me to tears. I have asked about it during my yearly exams, but am always told that because it is painful, it is not cancerous and therefore they won't remove it. I'm tired of being in pain and am also concerned that it could become cancerous (it does run in my family). What can I do to relieve the pain or, better yet, convince my doctor that it's worth taking a closer look at?
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Breast tissue responds to hormonal changes in your body during your menstrual cycle causing pain/discomfort. If you have noticed obvious changes in breast, consider getting an examination done by your doctor/gynecologist or consider taking a second opinion from another gynecologist. If there has been history of breast cancer in your family, getting a screening mammogram along with tumor marker test done will be helpful to predict your chances of developing breast cancer. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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