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Doctor insights on: Are Malignant Breast Lumps Painful

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Are malignant breast lumps usually movable?

Are malignant breast lumps usually movable?

Yes: While the "classic" description of a breast cancer is "fixed" and "immovable", I have found many palpable breast cancers to be movable within the breast. The bottom line is that when a woman finds a new lump in her breast, she should seek out medical attention for further evaluation regardless of its mobility within the breast. ...Read more

Malignant (Definition)

The term “malignant” is mainly used in the context of cancer, but can also be used to describe a condition that can be acutely damaging to the body, ...Read more


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How do I know if breast lumps are benign or malignant?

How do I know if breast lumps are benign or malignant?

See a doctor: By yourself, you cannot tell if a breast lump is benign or not. Is it new or changing? Painful or not? You really must see a doctor for a physical examination & likely mammogram and/or breast ultrasound. Do not try to guess yourself without a doctor's exam. ...Read more

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Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time?

Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time?

Yes: Benign tumors do in fact grow but rather slowly, compared to malignant tumors. The main difference is that benign tumors will not kill you. If left untrated malignant tumors will eventualy kill you some sooner and others a little later. How fast they grow will determine how soon. Hope that helps you ...Read more

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Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time? What do they feel like?

Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time? What do they feel like?

Yes: However, they do not have any particular consistency that reliably identify them. Definite lumps, whether palpated or identified on any of the breast studies should usually be biopsied. Lumps that grow quickly and are sensitive may be only cysts and can be drained if necessary. ...Read more

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What does a malignant breast lump feel like?

What does a malignant breast lump feel like?

Varies: Many small breast cancers cannot be felt on a physical exam. Larger cancers can be a new, firm, hard, painless breast lump. Can be very hard to tell yourself ; any breast lumps need to be evaluated by a physician ; mammogram. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a malignant breast lump decreasing?

What are the chances of a malignant breast lump decreasing?

Biopsy?: Have you had a biopsy and been diagnosed with cancer? Cancerous lumps do not decrease, as my collegue replied in his answer.
You could have a fluid filled cyst in the breast that can decrease in size and often times disappear altogether.
I recommend you get evaluated by a physician to get a correct answer and diagnose your problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the manifestations/symptoms if you have a malignant breast lump?

What are the manifestations/symptoms if you have a malignant breast lump?

Breast CA Symptoms: Most women diagnosed with breast cancer have no symptoms, having been diagnosed by routine screening mammography. For those with symptoms, the presence of a palpable lump is by far the most common. Other symptoms include skin dimpling, thickening, or redness, nipple inversion, nipple discharge, breat pain, and/or the presence of a lump in the armpit. Best bet for diagnosis: yearly mammograms! ...Read more

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How can I tell if a breast lump is malignant or not?

How can I tell if a breast lump is malignant or not?

Evaluation: The only way to tell is to have it evaluated. This could include mammogram, ultrasound, needle biopsy, or surgical biopsy. ...Read more

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Will a benign breast lump become malignant or cancerous?

Will a benign breast lump become malignant or cancerous?

It depends: There are many different kinds of benign tumors in the breast.

Hyperplasia, dysplasia, dcis and lcis are known to progress to cancer.

It is more rare with other benign lumps. ...Read more

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I'm 46 and had a core biopsy for a large breast lump. The diagnosis was fibroadenoma. Will it ever turn malignant?

I'm 46 and had a core biopsy for a large breast lump. The diagnosis was fibroadenoma. Will it ever turn malignant?

NO: Generally fibroadenomas are benign tumors that predcominantly occur in younger females of childbearing age. In and of themselves, they do not transform into malignant lesions. This is determined by other factors such as family history, genetic testing, calcfications, cellular atypia, etc. That will be a part of a complete hsitory and physical examination, . ...Read more

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My right breast is swelling rapidly. It is hot to the touch. Should I go to the er mammo and US this week lump found undetermined benign or malignant?

My right breast is swelling rapidly. It is hot to the touch. Should I go to the er mammo and US this week lump found undetermined benign or malignant?

Needs Medical check: Any swelling of the breast requires a medical consultation and examination as soon as possible. ER is not a good place to seek attention unless you have fever (implies infection). Any lump in the breast or the armpit requires biopsy to determine the cause unless it appears to be infection in which case antibiotics would be used first and biopsy done only after the infection has been treated adequ ...Read more

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Went for a biopsy for lump under breast doctor called said it has or shows A+ cells they aren't sure if malignant or not I'm very scared?

Went for a biopsy for lump under breast doctor called said it has or shows A+ cells they aren't sure if malignant or not I'm very scared?

Pathology report: Talk to the MD who did the biopsy during a Consultation and ask him/her to give you a laymen's explanation of the Pathology report as well as a copy of the same. If you don't like the explanation, then see a 2nd MD with the copy of the Pathology report and get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Medical professional, please tell me if I could have malignant tumor if I have a big sore lump in my breast. Also what could save my life?

See MD-ASAP: You should see your md asap! . This big sore lump could be malignant vs non malignant condition (abscess etc). Any palpable breast lump - cancer should be ruled out. See your md immediately- so then you can have a proper evaluation and further testing- mammogram/sonogram and ultimately biopsy to establish a diagnosis. The treatment will depend on the cause- off course. Don't delay anymore- see md. ...Read more

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Lump between breasts, history of melanoma, malignant mole removed from directly across the location of the lump. Any chance it's just a cyst?

Lump between breasts, history of melanoma, malignant mole removed from directly across the location of the lump. Any chance it's just a cyst?

Wrong question: Please forgive my frankness. The only question you need to ask is, "Could it be CANCER? " With your cancer history, and the fact that this is a dominant mass where there's possibly breast tissue, you need to get seen. Period. Pick up the phone now. To be brave, act brave. We'll be thinking of you, and if it's benign / nothing / a lipoma / a cyst, you're a stronger and more skilled person. ...Read more

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What could these painful lumps inside sides of breasts be?

See a doctor: Cyst, fibroadenoma, cancer, carcinoma in situ, lymp nodes, engorged milk ducts, just to name a few. ...Read more

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Y friend is complaining her breast is hurting and painful. No lumps etc.

Y friend is complaining her breast is hurting and painful. No lumps etc.

To the doctor: She should get a breast exam done at her doctor's office. This could be many things including infection. However, just because you don't feel lumps doesn't mean there aren't any. If there is concern about that, she should also get a mammogram. ...Read more

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Are cancerous breast lumps painful?

Are cancerous breast lumps painful?

Not usually: Pain is not a common symptom of breast cancer. ...Read more

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What can cause painful breast lumps?

What can cause painful breast lumps?

Many things: Cyst in the breast. Fibrocystic change, fibroadenoma, mastitis and breast cancer.
All could cause pain in the breast. ...Read more

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What can I do about painful breast lumps?

What can I do about painful breast lumps?

Decrease caffeine: You most likely have fibrocystic changes. These are common. Try decreasing caffeine (coffee, tea, soda pop, iced tea, chocolate) and lowering stress. You can seek out a breast specialist if there is no relief. ...Read more

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What would cause painful lumps on ribs under breast?

What would cause painful lumps on ribs under breast?

Costochondritis: The joints between the ribs and sternum (breastbone) can be swollen and sore. Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) helps. ...Read more

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Is there a way to remove or make the lumps in the breast disappear without surgery? For your information, the lumps are sometime painful and painless.

Is there a way to remove or make the lumps in the breast disappear without surgery? For your information, the lumps are sometime painful and painless.

No lumpy breasts: You should see a breast surgeon who can evaluate your history and examined your 'lumps'. Appropriate studies can be obtained and a treatment plan formulated. If you have cysts, they can be aspirated. If you have solid masses, its my opinion they should be removed even if a needle biopsy is negative. Breasts should not be lumpy and its a good rule to follow. ...Read more

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My breast has lumps and it is very painful, sometimes it feels cold and tingly inside. What could it be?

My breast has lumps and it is very painful, sometimes it feels cold and tingly inside. What could it be?

Breast lumps: Breast lumps are concerning. Doesn't mean cancer, but they deserve examination by a doc. Fibrocystic breast is fairly common, non-malignant condition associated with lumpy breast. Caffeine and periods make it worse. Again, I suggest you see a doc and have an exam done. ...Read more

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2 painful lumps on chest in between my cleavage area and another one on the side on my breast. What could it be?

2 painful lumps on chest in between my cleavage area and another one on the side on my breast. What could it be?

Sounds like: An infected epidermoid inclusion cyst. Any skin problem in the area of your breast bone can cause unsightly scarring and even keloids, so get to a doctor for proper treatment. The one on the side of your breast could be something else. ...Read more

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What can cause painful lumps under my skin under the breast and on ribs?

What can cause painful lumps under my skin under the breast and on ribs?

This one can't be: Diagnosed on line - please seek medical assessment. ...Read more

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Why do I get painful lumps in my breasts right before my period? They go away afterwards

Why do I get painful lumps in my breasts right before my period? They go away afterwards

Hormones: Many women have breasts that feel lumpy, thick, and tender, especially right before their periods. These symptoms are called fibrocystic breast changes. They may also be called cyclic breast changes, because they come and go with your menstrual cycle. Fibrocystic breast changes are normal and benign, and can occur with hormonal changes that occur during your cycle. ...Read more

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What do I do for lumps near breast and ribs that are painful and making me not eat and feel very tired?

What do I do for lumps near breast and ribs that are painful and making me not eat and feel very tired?

Eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more