What else could those sensitive lumps be?
The most common cause of breast lumps in teens are what are called fibrocystic changes or fibroadenomas. These affect many menstruating females. These are not cancer. They are not pre-cancer. The breast tissue is made up of fatty tissue, milk glands and ducts, and fibrous tissue. It has lumps in it that may be caused by some hormone imbalance between estrogen and progesterone (2 female sex hormones).
What are the common symptoms?
- Painful breasts for a few days right before your period, possibly worsened by caffeine intake.
There are other things that can cause tender breast lumps in teens such as cysts (also not cancer) or old bruises. Breast tenderness and swelling is really common before your period starts and it goes away shortly after you start bleeding.
Other things that can cause really sensitive breasts?
- Recently starting birth control pills (this usually goes away after a few weeks to months)
- If you have large breasts, they can pull on something called Cooper’s ligaments that support breast tissue. A good fitting bra, especially a good sports bra with exercise, really helps with this.
- Certain drugs and medicine can cause breast pain – one that people don’t think about is marijuana.
- Infections or inflammation can also cause painful breasts and breast lumps.
When to see your doctor? Whenever you’re worried! That’s what they are there for and they know your health better than anyone on the internet! If there are a lot of people in your family who have had breast cancer, that is another reason to go see your doctor.
I hope this helps,