What level of concern for red/painful lump?


Question from Abbafan: Yesterday I discovered a lump that I hadn't noticed before in my breast. It is red and painful. I'm going to go to the doctor next week to check it out. I'm concerned because I just found out about a year ago that cancer runs high in my family. I'm only 32. How concerned should I be about this?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. A breast lump that becomes painful and red very quickly in someone your age is most likely due to inflammation or infection. If this lump persists, go see your doctor immediately. An infection should respond quickly to antibiotics. A biopsy or fluid removal is only necessary if the lump persists, the redness does not resolve, or you are worrying and need reassurance.

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