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Scary Breast Signs You Should Not Ignore

Don't be afraid if you experience any of these symptoms.

Don't fear the worst when one of these symptoms appears, but do pay attention.

You detect a lump. Good news: Breast cancer is rare in young women. A more likely diagnosis is a fibroadenoma—a growth that feels solid and smooth. Another possibility is a fluid-filled cyst, which feels spongy and tender. Both lumps are harmless, and they usually clear up on their own. Still, play it safe by letting your MD know about it.

You feel a sharp stabbing pain. If it occurs during the week before your period, it’s probably brought on by normal pre-flow hormone fluctuations that cause breast tissue to swell with fluid and become supersensitive. But if the pain strikes only one boob, it could be a sign of recent trauma to your breast. Whatever the cause, the pain should disappear without medicine and is rarely a serious sign.

An itchy rash appears. Odds are, excessive sweating is to blame: As perspiration dries on your skin, bacteria thrive, which can trigger redness and itching. An OTC cortisone cream can banish the rash, while showering after working out and wearing all-natural fabrics will prevent its return.

Source: Lisa Masterson, OB-Gyne at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles

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