I am a 20 year old girl who only yesterday went to my local GP surgery for a breast examination, as my left breast felt slightly bigger and harder than my right, which is soft and smaller. I had the nurse practitioner examine my breasts, and she agreed that the left felt slightly harder and larger than the right - but she found no lumps, and my lymph nodes were fine.
I freaked out there and then.
She did her best to reassure me that she thinks that nothing serious is wrong, and as I have no history of breast cancer in my family, I should not be concerned about it. I couldn't calm down, so she went on further saying a lot of women have a larger breast that feels and looks different, and that it is very common.
I was told that because I also feel a pressure and sometimes a very dull pain in my left, bigger breast, to come back in two weeks after my next period for another examination. I left and broke down, and my mother ended up calling the surgery for further reassurance and information. The Practitioner I had told my mum that it is a very normal routine for women to come back after their period, so I should not worry, and also that if she thought anything serious was going on she would have referred me to the hospital that day.
I can't help but still feel terrified, and having severe anxiety issues, I am living in fear that I have breast cancer and may be dying. When I was in the room, the nurse said 'I may just have to see if I should refer you to a clinic or not', then proceeded to go consult a doctor outside the room, in which I could hear them talking about what should be done. So, the conclusion obviously was to come back after two weeks for another examination.
I have had this pressure, ache in my left breast for maybe two years, but never really focused on it like now. I am scared. I have read so many sites saying that one-sided breast pain/ache/pressure is more linked to cancer than both breasts.
I am only 20, and am driving myself mad with fear and crying all the time over this and other health fears.
Should I be worried? How do I cope?