I’m a teenage girl and I’m scared of this pain

DEAR ABBY: When I was a little girl, my mother died of breast cancer. I always suspected I might have had the gene too. To make matters worse, my dad got a skin cancer a few years ago, which means my risk of cancer is higher because both my parents have it.

Jeanne Phillips

I turned 18 a few months ago, and I want to be tested to see what my risk is, but I’m scared. I sometimes feel a stabbing pain in my chest and think I feel a lump. I’m not sure if I remember it because of my stress and anxiety or if it’s true.

I do not want to tell my father until after my appointment, what I plan to do alone. What do you think I should do? Should I tell him?