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How can I know if a breast lump is a gland or node or not

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wesley Marquart
17 years experience General Surgery
Get checked: Only a doctor can determine that.

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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
See a MD: Although breast cancer lumps tend to be hard and fixed to the chest wall, there are many exceptions in early cancers. Don't try to "guess" if it is ca ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
34 years experience General Surgery
Only w/ microscope: Palpating the breast may show a lump. It is not possible to determine exactly what the lump is without a biopsy. To determine when a biopsy should be ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Please clarify: The presence of a lump in the breast associated with axillary (armpit) lymph node enlargement is worrisome for breast cancer that has spread to the ly ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
HIghly unlikely: If done with sterile precautions. However, the armpit lymph nodes connect to those along the sub clavicle vein nodes and then into the neck. If the ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Not likely: Because the lymph drainage from the breast is to axillary and internal mammary (inside the chest near the breast bone) lymph nodes. There might be so ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Possible gynecomast: Lumps are seen in male breast which has a normal duct system. Fibroadenomas rarely seen but Ca less frequent at your age. Mammo should not be used ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Elboim
48 years experience Surgical Oncology
Large breast lump: It all depends on what the diagnosis is. Usually, the diagnosis is made prior to operation, so the surgeon can plan ahead. A core needle biopsy establ ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Schnider
46 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Breast lump: If you feel a dominant lump in the breast, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Most are benign, often cysts especially if tender, but some may ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
Go to your doctor: The best way to know whether a breast lump is serious is to have your doctor evaluate it and order the appropriate studies.

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