are my lumps normal?
Q I have been reading a lot about breast cancer checks and the importance of examining yourself, and mine sort of feel lumpy all over. How do I know what is a normal lump and what isn’t? Philippa says:
a Lots of women do have diffusely lumpy breasts – these are often very small lumps and bumps, which sort of feel like a lot of small frozen peas under the surface. This is called nodular breasts and as long as this is what they have always felt like, and it is on both sides, nodularity is often normal. If it is on one side only, feels like a recent change or if you’re simply not sure, then see your doctor who will be able to examine and assess you. If your doctor is reassured that there’s no current issue with your breasts then please do keep examining yourself regularly as you’ll get used to what you should normally feel like – so you’ll be better able to recognise if there has been a change such as a new lump or thickening. Your local GP may refer you to a breast clinic for some further investigations, which may involve having an ultrasound and mammogram.