A 19-year-old female asked:
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bump on breast, red, hard like a grapefruite. what could it be? breast cancer? it also hurts

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Dr. Justin Buchanan
11 years experience Radiology
Likely infection: In your age group, an infectious process is most likely. There is a very small chance that it could be something more serious. Either way, you need to see your doctor asap for diagnosis and treatment.
Answered on Feb 3, 2017
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Dr. John Rimmer
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38 years experience General Surgery
It is unusual to get an infection in the breast unless you are breast feeding Please see your doctor and ask to be referred to a breast surgeon
Feb 8, 2013
Dr. Wayne Wolf
19 years experience General Surgery
Breast lump: Breast abscesses, cysts, and occasionally breast cancer can all present with the same symptoms. Recommend senior physician for further valuation.
Answered on Mar 13, 2016
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Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience Breast Surgery
Need immediate attn: A lump of this size, regardless of your age, needs immediate evaluation. Contact your gynecologist and ask for a breast specialist. An ultrasound may be helpful.
Answered on Jan 16, 2015
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Dr. Lawrence Hochman
30 years experience Radiation Oncology
Could be: What you are describing could be an infected cyst. It also could be a locally advanced breast cancer. Get a good examination and follow up . Workup may include a mammogram, ultrasound, or an aspiration with a needle of the lump.
Answered on Aug 5, 2015
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Dr. Keith Monson
22 years experience General Surgery
Possibly: A hard, red, painful mass on the breast certainly could be breast cancer, but in a 19 year old, it is much more likely to be an abscess (infection). In either case, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
Answered on May 28, 2016
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Dr. Ed Kaplan
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38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Likely benign: Pain swelling and redness in your age especially is likely infection: mastitis or cellulitis or abscess. Can still be serious so you should see doctor asap.
Answered on Jan 16, 2015
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Dr. John Geisler
26 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
Breast mass: It needs to be evaluated by your doctor. It could be an infection, a blocked duct or a cancer. There are many things it could be but you need to see your doctor soon.
Answered on Jan 16, 2015
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