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Sore lump under the nipple. Breast cancer? Pain in the rib

I have found a lump under my nipple and it has been sore for the past 4 weeks, i am 18 years old and worried of it being breast cancer . Eventhough i havent had any symptoms of breast cancer.. One side is noticeably larger than the right breast. The lump is hard, smooth it feels like a pellet under my skin. It use to hurt when pressed and i now only feel dull pain when it is pressure. I am also experiencing pain on my lower left rib the same side where the lump if found
Asked On : Sat, 9 Mar 2013
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Oncologist 's  Response
Dear roqoe,
Since it is painful and tender to touch it may be an infective process. have a surgeons opinion to rule out inflamatory process. A simple blood count will show the signs of infection.
Dr. Ticku,
Answered: Sat, 9 Mar 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. Grzegorz Stanko's  Response

Thank you for the query.

Breast cancer in early stages does not give pain. So most likely your symptoms are caused by an inflammation of this area. Such inflammation pain can radiate along rib nerves and cause such ribs pains.
I suggest you to have breast ultrasound performed, blood work, CRP. Antibiotics might be necessary.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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