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A 32-year-old female asked:

Large painful lump near nipple. waiting for mammogram. night sweats, fever for 10 days. what are the chances this is breast cancer..can't sleep?

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Dr. Rodolfo Furigay
General Surgery 61 years experience
Breast abscess: You need to see your doctor. It seems that you might developed an abscess and need drained and antibiotics prescribed. Forget mammogram for now, it's not going to do you any good.
Dr. Michael Ginsburg
Interventional Radiology 13 years experience
Breast abscess?: If you are breastfeeding, it maybe a breast abscess. Symptoms include painful local swelling + breast lump, redness & tenderness of the breast. In non-lactating women subareolar breast abscess may develop representing an infected lump just under the areola. Inflammatory breast cancer is much less likely, but you should definitely get an ultrasound and possibly a mammogram (if not breastfeeding).

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