Top 20 Doctor insights on: 26 year old male has lump breast cancer or gynecomastia

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What do lumps in the chest mean? Gynecomastia or breast cancer?

What do lumps in the chest mean? Gynecomastia or breast cancer?

Either: Masses in the chest could be gynecomastia or breast cancer. Best to be evaluated by your physician for diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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What is the difference between gynecomastia male breast cancer?

What is the difference between gynecomastia male breast cancer?

Benign vs malignant: Gynecomastia is a benign condition usually caused by drug abuse or prescription medications. On the other hand, male breast cancer is malignant and can spread through metastasis. Fortunately it is rare for males to develop breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can a 16 year old get breast cancer? And how exactly are the breast cancer lumps?

Can a 16 year old get breast cancer? And how exactly are the breast cancer lumps?

Unlikely: Unlikely but not impossible. The youngest Breast cancer patient I have worked with was 18. That said, when you are examining your breasts you are feeling for a place that is different from the rest. It is normal for a young female to have dense breasts with "lumps". Hormone changes can also make cystic areas in the tissue. If you have an area that concerns you please ask your GYN or PCP ...Read more

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I found a lump on my 9 year old daughters breast. There is no rubor, swelling, or heat present. Is there anyway this could be breast cancer?

I found a lump on my 9 year old daughters breast. There is no rubor, swelling, or heat present. Is there anyway this could be breast cancer?

Very rare: It would be extremely rare for this to be breast cancer. Most likely you are feeling a breast bud. This the breast tissue that will begin to form. You should however discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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29 year old female, found painless hard lump directly above my left breast. I do have history of breast cancer in my family?

29 year old female, found painless hard lump directly above my left breast. I do have history of breast cancer in my family?

Breast surgeon: Good for you for doing your breast exam. The next step is to go to a breast surgeon's clinic to get an exam and their professional opinion as to whether you need any
imaging, biopsy, or surgery. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my 12 year old daughter to have breast cancer? . She told me the other day that she feels something like a tender lump/bump

Is it possible for my 12 year old daughter to have breast cancer? . She told me the other day that she feels something like a tender lump/bump

Probably normal: At her age she is likely sensing the stretch of growing breast buds/tissue as part of he normal transition into teen years. It can come up on either side first, with the opposite breast catching up later. Have it checked by her doc. If anything irregular is found an ultrasound of the tissue should provide more data. ...Read more

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I am 20yrs old female. I have a compressible axillary lump since 1 year, sometimes I have nipple inversion also. No family history of breast cancer?

I am 20yrs old female. I have a compressible axillary lump since 1 year, sometimes I have nipple inversion also. No family history of breast cancer?

A picture's worth...: 1-nipple inversion assc w/cancer is usually permanent, such that the nipple cannot be everted w/o difficulty. If it is everted some days, inverted others, it is usually not concerning. 2-a compressible mass in the axilla is usually a lipoma or ectopic axillary breast tissue. However... An exam is necessary to be certain. Best to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I'm a twenty years old with a family history of breast cancer. I noticed a lump that has grown over the past few months. Should I be concerned?

I'm a twenty years old with a family history of breast cancer. I noticed a lump that has grown over the past few months. Should I be concerned?

Unlikely: It is unlikely at the age of 20 that it would be breast cancer. However, if you are concerned and have a family history, you should have an exam performed by your primary care provider. ...Read more

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I'm sixteen years old and have found a lump in my breastcould it be breast cancer?

I'm sixteen years old and have found a lump in my breastcould it be breast cancer?

Most likely not: Eventhough it is possible, your age is too young for typical presentation. Other non-malignant conditions are more likely the cause. See a doctor. ...Read more

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I am 18 years old and off late I've noticed a lump in my breast, could it possibly be breast cancer?

I am 18 years old and off late I've noticed a lump in my breast, could it possibly be breast cancer?

Unlikely to be pbm: At your age this is more likely to be benign cysts. A trip to your doc during regular office hours for an exam would be my first step to resolve your question. ...Read more

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Hi im only 32 years old & I just noticed a lump on my right breast.. About the size of a quarter. Should I b concerned about breast cancer?

Yes: A dominant breast mass is cancer until proved otherwise. It's your physician's call whether to perform imaging, try to aspirate it (this will make a cyst vanish), or needle-biopsy it. The good news is that a woman who checks her breast regularly (yes, it's a very good idea even in the "mammogram age") and acts appropriate when she finds a lump almost never dies of breast cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

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Breast lump under nipple in 14 yr old male, could I have breast cancer?

Breast lump under nipple in 14 yr old male, could I have breast cancer?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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Neck, shoulder/armpit, arm pain, and a couple lumps in breast felt by dr. All on l side. I'm 23 years old. Breast cancer?

Neck, shoulder/armpit, arm pain, and a couple lumps in breast felt by dr. All on l side. I'm 23 years old. Breast cancer?

Not always/depends,,: It doesn't always mean cancer. This can be fibrocystic disease with cysts that come and go with your cycle due to the hormones produced. It can also be benign lumps like fibroadenomas and the neck pain, etc. Can be unrelated. More tests like biopsy and scans may be needed, especially if you've got a family history of breast cancer so see your doctor to talk about what to do. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would a breast cancer lump continue to increase in size? Tiny hard lump (rice size) for over a year w/no change. Neg U/S a yr ago, multiple exams.

Breast lump: If it is benign or malignant, no one can answer with out examination, if necessary test like mammograms, sonogram & MRI when indicated along with core needle biopsy, best person to answer is your doctor Age is in your favor Good Luck ...Read more

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I have a lump on the outer side of my right breast and I am only fifteen and started my period on dec. 12 of this year do I have breast cancer?

Probably not: Go get checked out by your doctor. They should do an exam and depending on the mass they may order an ultrasound to look at it. Breast cancer is very uncommon at your age, but it can still happen. If it is a solid mass on ultrasound you should be seen by a breast center if you have one near your home. ...Read more

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What color are male breast cancer lumps?

White, pink, purple.: .. Or even black. Usually, they are white, but you can't see the color until they are removed. Normally, breast cancer lumps after felt. Suspicious lumps are hard, fixed, hard to tell where the edges are and are often painless. Suspicious lumps should be brought to your doctor's attention for further evaluation. The best cure is removal after early detection. This is even more important for men. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


Dr. Tom Pousti
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Gynecomastia (Definition)

Gynecomastia is enlargement of the breast tissue in male patients. A common reason for it is during the puberty. Other causes are secondary to hormonal imbalnce, liver function abnormality, side effect of certain medications or other drugs, excess alcohol consumption and sometimes unknown causes. It would be best to see a breast care provider to work up its causes and ...Read more