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A 29-year-old member asked:

What does a breast lump feel like when you're looking for it?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
"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 lump as much as how many. However, cancers often feel distinctly different than normal breast tissue: rock-hard (like it is made of concrete rather than rubber), 3-dimensionally round (rather than pancake- or cigar-shaped), and fixed w/in the breast.
Dr. Greg Pahnke
Surgery - Oncology 45 years experience
A nodule,marble.BB: May descriptors - just something different that you feel in your own exam of your breasts . Many women already have cobble-stoning, oatmeal -cottage cheese granular or----- larger pancakes of fibrosis " feel" to their breasts it is a change in that "feel" that we want you find. Something that comes up and does not recede after your menstrual cycle whether a bb, marble, or popcorn kernel.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What does a breast lump feel like compared to a cyst?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
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-aspiration. Never assume a new lump is "just another cyst"--see your doctor for any new breat lump.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What does a lump feel like in breast?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James White
Cosmetic Surgery 32 years experience
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 exam is necessary for all lumps! i usually have my patients feel the back portion of their hand between the thumb and 1st finger. The muscular flesh is like normal breast tissue. Then move over to a knuckle..This is what a breast lump feels like.
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