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what does a malignant breast lump feel like

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Varies: Many small breast cancers cannot be felt on a physical exam. Larger cancers can be a new, firm, hard, painless breast lump. Can be very hard to tell y ... Read More

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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
42 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not likely: All breast lumps need evaluation. Don't assume something's ok because it seems to have decreased in size. Malignant lumps usually increase in size, bu ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
BREAST CARCINOMA: Breast ca are discovered by feeling a lump after self-examination, breast discharge sometimes are present and by doing mammogram which shows suspiciou ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
See your Physician: This is primarily determined by a biopsy but the best non-surgical method is an mri. There may be certain symptoms that increase the suspicionsuch as ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Like a lump: I am not trying to be funny but often you cannot tell malignant vs. Non-malignant masses. Inflammed nodes are sometimes tender but don't depend on tha ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James White
30 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Hard, dense: Breast tissue can come in many different patterns according to breast size, fat content and age. Many patients have lumpy breast. As rule, physician ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It is harder than yo: It would feel harder than your breast is. Most often you can roll it under the flat part of your hand's fingers. If you are suspicious, get a physicia ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
No different: It is impossible to differentiate a solid lump from a cyst by exam alone. However, it is easy to differentiate them by ultrasound or needle-aspiratio ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
"Different": Feeling for a lump in an organ that by it's very nature is lumpy-bumpy can be very confusing; usually, it's not a question of whether you can find a l ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Moon
29 years experience Radiation Oncology
Varies: Some times hard, sometimes rubbery, sometimes can't feel at all. Best way to know what it is: get examined by your md. May need mammogram and/or ult ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Usually: A firm hard painless breast lump that persists after completion of the menstrual cycle. But small breast cancers will have no feeling and not be able ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
"Different": Feeling for a lump in an organ that by it's very nature is lumpy-bumpy can be very confusing; usually, it's not a question of whether you can find a l ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience Fertility Medicine
Get an exam: It could be things besides cancer, of course - a fibro-adenoma for example - but what you describe needs a professional exam very soon. Good wishes.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
See answer: Tough to answer over the computer. Fibro-cystic breast disease is very common in young breasts, and is probably what you are feeling. The best advice ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
No: Whether fluid-filled or solid, it is often very difficult to tell if a lump is a tumor or a cyst by examination alone. In contrast, an ultrasound wil ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerardo Garcia
32 years experience General Surgery
No pain: It takes at many years for a breast cancer to reach 1cm, about 1/2inch. Early detection is very important; yearly screening mammogram starting at the ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Firm mass: Most malignant lesions of the breast can be felt at 1/2 cm. in size. Palpation of breast with hand behind head on side of palpation using opposite han ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazen Ghani
23 years experience Radiology
Breast lumps: Most breast lumps turn out to be either normal breast tissue, cysts, or fibroadenomas.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Moon
29 years experience Radiation Oncology
Varies: Sometimes hard, sometimes rubbery, sometimes can't feel at all. Best way to know what it is: get examined by your md. May need mammogram and/or ultr ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean Canale
29 years experience Breast Surgery
BSE goals: A "lump" can have a lot of variations but most concerning are ones that are firm/hard and fixed (attached to the muscle and/or skin). The real goal of ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need to examine: It is not feasible to know what you may be feeling. It would be prudent to see your doctor, even though the risk of your having breast cancer is very ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It is simple: You should undress yourself and look in the mirror while standing and note any deformity or asymmetry. Then you can use the flat part of your fingers ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience Pediatrics
Breast lump: With your stated age, any breast lump could either be beign or malignant. Please make an expedient appointment with your gyn to secure the right diagn ... Read More

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