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hello forum members,
I have a friend who is 48 year old, she complained of redness and pain in the left side of her left breast 3 days ago and when she touched her breast she found a lump, now after 3 days the redness has subsided and still there is a minimal pain on touching and the lump is still there, she is expecting to have her period these days
what it could be?? do u think it is  not a serious condition bcoz it is a painful lump??  
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Usually painful lumps are not associated with breast cancer,but it's nevertheless a possibility.There are many causes for breasts lumps,most of them benign in nature...What your friend has,could be an infection,a fibroadenomas or a cyst.The redness could be a hematoma (blood collection) formation under the skin,usually caused by trauma or, as I mentioned before,an infection.
I suggest you tell your friend to have this lump examined by her doctor to be evaluated properly if it's still there after her period is over.
Imaging studies like a mammogram or ultrasound may be useful to make sure that this lump is not considered serious.
Best wishes to both of you...
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