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A 37-year-old member asked:

i found a small lump in my left breast, how can i tell if it is just normal breast tissue?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
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-dimensionally round rather than pencil- or pancake-shaped and are harder than normal rubbery breast tissue. When finding a new lump, it is best to see your dr.;it may be wise to get a mammogram, ultrasound, or even a biopsy, depending on their findings.
Dr. Deanna Attai
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See full answer: Any new finding should be reported to your doctor. Sometimes you can tell by the feel of a lump but generally imaging such as an ultrasound or mammogram is needed; depending on the findings, a needle biopsy might also be recommended. Do not assume that a lump is nothing to worry about if you are young or don't have breast cancer in your family - always get it checked out.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

What could this thickening mass of tissue in left breast be?

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Dr. Charles Whiting
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Fibrocystic change?: Any breast lump or thickening mass of tissue on the breast could be breast-cancer. You need to be seen in person for an exam and possibly imaging. You should be seen right away. One in eight women in the USA get breast-cancer so don't take any chances. There are other things such as fibrocystic change. Best wishes!

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