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can the e.r diagnose breast cancer?i have a very sore breast with a lump inside.has been hurting a month, but recently has gotten worse the past few d

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Dr. Ross Blagg
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Unfortunately not: The er cannot diagnose you with breast cancer. They will likely refer you for an imaging study, such as mammogram or ultra-sound, but your family doctor can also order this. The fact that you are 20 and that the lump hurts indicate that it is likely a benign process (not cancer), such as an abscess or fibrocystic changes (fibroadenoma). Either way, you should see your family doctor for an exam.

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