All boys and men have breasts, but the amount of breast tissue is usually very small and their breasts do not show. When the amount of breast tissue is large enough to be seen, doctors call it gynaecomastia' say guy -nee-co- mass -ti-a. Boys can be a bit scared if this is happening to them. Being overweight can make it seem like boys, or men, have breasts, but fat under skin is the cause of the shape. As well as androgens the male hormones your glands will make some oestrogens female hormones. Our topic 'Secret boys business' has other information about being a boy that may be helpful to you. Yet more than half of boys will have some development of breast tissue. If you are one of these then don't worry. With all those hormones racing around inside you it is normal for your nipple to feel tender. It is also normal for the breast tissue to feel like a lump.
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I do not think you need a second opinion at this time. A breast bud generally does not suggest that there are any significant hormonal problems or that this is related to breast cancer if there is a family history of breast cancer, I would mention it to your child s doctor. By having her examined, the doctor gets a good history, checks to see if there are any other signs of puberty, any evidence of secondary sexual characteristics developing, or other possible causes for the lump. Reassurance is appropriate along with just observation over time.
Breast exams help doctors check that everything's normal. During a breast exam, a doctor or nurse practitioner will feel a woman's breasts to check any lumps and bumps and see if there are changes since the last exam. Doctors don't usually start doing breast exams until a woman is in her 20s. Most teens don't need breast exams. That's because it's rare for girls to have breast problems. Doctors usually just look at a girl's breasts during her yearly gyn checkup to see where she is in her development. But if you have a family history of breast problems, your doctor or nurse might give you a breast exam. During a breast exam, a woman lies on her back.
Breast cancer is extraordinarily rare in teenagers, so much so that most organizations do not keep statistics for the disease in this age group. Nevertheless, teens may worry that changes in their breasts during puberty are due to breast cancer. To alleviate these concerns, they should monitor their breasts for changes and talk to their doctor if they want reassurance. They should also know that breast changes are nothing to fear and are unlikely to mean breast cancer. The changes that puberty brings can be scary for any young person. Young women develop breasts for the first time and may be unaccustomed to their look and feel. Some may worry about breast cancer. Early breast development often begins as a lump under the nipple, which may compound worries a young teen may have about breast cancer.