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Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer, one died and one had a mastectomy and is still alive! I am 47, am having pain, swelling and itching but feel no lumps! I have scheduled a mammogram but I am freaking out! Does this sound like it could be cancer?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    Survivor since 2007
    Anonymous, I absolutely know the fear you are having but you need to go and get a mammogram now mostly for your own peace of mind. Have you had a mammogram in the past? Anytime you have itching, swelling, pain, anywhere in your body it needs to be checked! Try not to think your grandmothers fate will be yours. It is something to be aware of and to make your doctor aware also but it isn't something written in stone. Breast cancer is sneaky. It can hurt, swell, itch, have lumps, not have lumps, be a rash, invert nipples, have all sorts of weird things.... or it won't bother you at all. Put on those big girl panties and get a doctor's appointment. It is time to get those "girls" checked. Hang in there and take care, Sharon
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  • Jk Joyce Profile
    Survivor since 2012
    I have always heard that breast cancer is not painful. Mine was very small and had no symptoms but was found on a mammogram. Maybe you have an infection. Make an appt and get it checked. Keep us updated. Praying for great news.
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  • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
    Survivor since 2009
    As Sharon mentioned above please get it checked out just for peace of mind. It can hurt, mine did. It can not hurt, you can have no signs. Your symptoms match many other things, so don't panic. Getting a mammogram and discussing it with your physician. Good luck.
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  • Sarah Hailes Profile
    Stage 2A Patient
    It sounds like you should get checked, I had pain unrelated to cancer which led me to find my stage two cancer. Usually pain is something other than cancer like a duct infection. I wish you luck!! But please get a mammogram!
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