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How do I know the difference between dense breast tissue and a lump

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
23 years experience Breast Surgery
Breast self exam: If you are performing breast self exam monthly, then you will get know what your normal lumps feel like. Once you are familiar with your normal, an ... Read More

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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nabila Babar
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Some women: Have lumpy breast tissues that become tender before period. That is fibrous tissue and benign. But cancer is usually one lump and is not tender.
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Dr. Michelle King
26 years experience Psychiatry
Fibrous tissue: Is quite common. But if it’s causing you anxiety, I would suggest that you discuss with your doctor and have him/her explain the differences, go over ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Mammo or Ultrasound: Sometimes it is very difficult to distinguish the difference between breast tissue and a lump. The use of mammograms as well as ultrasounds in combina ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
Not so Easy: In general, lumps that "count" tend to be 3-dimensionally round, (rock) hard, & non-mobile. However, there is a lot of variation from one person to t ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifford Gevirtz
40 years experience Anesthesiology
Mammogram: If you feel a lump, see if it changes over the course of your menstral cycle. Benign lumps change size with your period. Hard non mobile lumps with s ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
47 years experience Breast Surgery
Sometimes: Sometimes a thicker area of breast tissue or dense fibroglandular tissue may feel like a lump. However any palpable lump in the breast needs to be eva ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
See your doctor.: It is very difficult to distinguish normal "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue from one that warrants further evaluation. Lumps that "count" tend to be 3-dim ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Second opinion: Please get both a mammogram and a breast ultrasound. "apple sized" breast lump in a young woman MAY be cystic or fatty tumor; but must be biopsied an ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Boling
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Breast tissue: doesn't have to be symmetrical but your description suggests changes, a possible solid component called a fibroma. Keep checking with your doctor and ... Read More
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