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A 33-year-old female asked:

The week or 2 before my period starts i get very lumpy breasts but this month i have a lump in my armpit...is that normal? i recently had a mammogram (2 months ago) but not sure if a mammo checks the armpit area...please advise.

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Dr. Adam Levy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Likely breast tissue: It is very common for breast tissue to extend into the underarm. The premenstrual swelling is very common. Unfortunately mammograms do not pick up underarm lesions well. If you can feel a mass u should see your doctor. She or he can reassure you that it is normal or otherwise.
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