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A 22-year-old female asked:

How can i determine if my breast tumor is cancerous?

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Dr. Aruna Bakhru
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Biopsy is the answer: The only way to definitively know is to get a biopsy. It will save you much worry so do not delay but see a competent breast surgeon as soon as possible. Do not fear but face it and in most cases the result is a sigh of relief . Even if it is a cancer the quicker you deal with it the better.
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Cl exam & tests: First age at 22 yr age cancer is unlikely diagnosis fortunately very very rare under twenties , by self examination, by finding a lump, examination by physician, by mammography, sono , MRI , final diagnosis of cancer only by biopsy the final unfortunate answer of suspicious lesion . 1% of breast cancers are in men and diagnosed late.
Dr. Larry Grissom
Radiology 43 years experience
Biopsy: Ask your doctor to refer to a breast center where an ultrasound can determine if the tumor is a cyst (fluid) or solid tumor. A cyst can be observed if not painful. Most (over 95 percent) of tumors in your age group are benign (non cancerous). The breast center physician ( usually a radiologist) can perform a biopsy or determine if the tumor can be observed based on the appearance.

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Is it possible for a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: Most benign breast lesions do not become cancerous. Some benign cell types like atypical hyperplasia or lobular neoplasua can indicate increased future risks of breast cancer. Need to know more about the cell type you are describing.

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