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Can armpit pain be caused by having breast cancer? There is a family history of breast cancer.

Can armpit pain be caused by having breast cancer? There is a family history of breast cancer.

Not typically: Pain itself is not a common sign of breast cancer. Pain can indicate muscle discomfort or lymph node swelling. A breast lump can be a later sign of breast cancer. Really need a physical examination with your doctor to know what may be causing your discomfort. ...Read more

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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Armpit lump pain, family history of breast cancer. Can it be seen or biopsied?

Armpit lump pain, family history of breast cancer. Can it be seen or biopsied?

Yes, it can: A lump under the armpit should be evaluated. A ultrasound can look at the shape and size of the lymph nodes. A needle biopsy can be performed to make a diagnosis. Contact a breast surgery specialist or go to a breast center for evaluation and risk assessment. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer hurt? Severe pain in outer quad and armpit. Pain getting worse over 3 years. Newest US shows large solid mass in exact spot.

Can breast cancer hurt? Severe pain in outer quad and armpit. Pain getting worse over 3 years. Newest US shows large solid mass in exact spot.

Breast cancer pain: In general most breast cancers don't hurt initially but there can be pain as the tumor grows. Get this checked out, you need a biopsy of this mass asap. Once you have good information you can make an informed decision on how to proceed. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a constant pain in top breast and a little into the armpit mean breast cancer?

Can a constant pain in top breast and a little into the armpit mean breast cancer?

Not generally: Sounds like you have a muscle, vascular, lymphatic, or fascia spasm that is an obstacle to normal movements. Find osteopathic medicine treatment (doctor of osteopathy - od that uses manual manipulation therapy, or a physical therapist trained in osteopathic manual manipulation. ...Read more

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Left breast started hurting, found dime sized knot near armpit, was told breast cancer doesn't hurt, is this true? What else could it be?

Left breast started hurting, found dime sized knot near armpit, was told breast cancer doesn't hurt, is this true? What else could it be?

See a Doctor: Any new lump in the breast should be a cause for concern, best handled by seeing your gyne or primary care doctor. While most cancers are not painful, it is not a reliable finding. Hopefully, your doctor will be able to alleviate your concern or refer you to a breast center/surgeon for definitive evaluation. I hope its a false alarm--good luck. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 45 years old and I have pain almost over a year now under my armpit left side, and part of my left breast. Is this sign for breast cancer? Or

We don't guess: One does not sit at home and just worry or guess. You have a significant concern. Go get an examination and testing to determine the cause of your problem. ...Read more

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I ve small pain in my left breast, left armpit & back (left side). Can dis b a symptom of breast cancer (no cancer history in my family) I am 21 female?

I ve small pain in my left breast, left armpit & back (left side). Can dis b a symptom of breast cancer (no cancer history in my family) I am 21 female?

Very unlikely: It would be extremely unusual, but not impossible, for this to be a breast cancer. Any persistent symptom in the breast, and certainly any mass, should be examined by a doctor. You may need to have an ultrasound of the area done. It is always better to look into these things than ignore them. ...Read more

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Can pain in my right armpit be breast cancer?

Can pain in my right armpit be breast cancer?

Not likely: Breast cancer increases as women get older and it would be very unlikely for you to have breast cancer at age 20. At age 30 the chance of developing breast cancer during the next 10 years is 1 in 227. Breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes in the armpit, but this usually won't cause pain. It's much more likely your pain is from something else. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes under a person's armpits lead to breast cancer?

Can lymph nodes under a person's armpits lead to breast cancer?

No: Lymph nodes do not cause breast cancer. But breast cancer may spread to the lymph nodes in the axilla (armpit). If you feel enlarged nodes it is best to have medical evaluation to determine te cause of enlargement. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the far left side of my chest almost under armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

I have a pain in the far left side of my chest almost under armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

Mastalgia: Breast pain is not usually a sign of cancer and is more commonly related to hormonal changes or simple mastalgia. However, you should be seen by your surgeon to help figure out what is going on also imaging with an ultrasound could be helpful and or mammography this could be related to gynecomastia. ...Read more

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My left breast hurts on the side and in the armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

My left breast hurts on the side and in the armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

Not likely: Pain is not a usual feature of breast cancer. Is there a mass or lump? If there is a lump, see your doctor immediately. Does your bra fit well on both sides? Do mention this to your doctor at your next visit. ...Read more

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Does lump on the armpit always means breast cancer? I'm having it on my right armpit : (

Does lump on the armpit always means breast cancer? I'm having it on my right armpit : (

No: Armpit lumps are rather common and can be due to a number of things including insect bites, rashes, swollen glands, and breast cancer. In your age group, breast cancer would be extremely uncommon. If this lump grows in size or does not start getting smaller over the next 2-4 weeks, you should definitely see a medical doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Do lipomas under armpit have anything to do with maybe having a higher risk for breast cancer?

Do lipomas under armpit have anything to do with maybe having a higher risk for breast cancer?

Not to my knowledge: I am not aware of any condition of an increased incidence of breast cancer and axillary lipomas. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of a cancerous armpit lymph node from breast cancer? Hard, immobile, etc?

What are the characteristics of a cancerous armpit lymph node from breast cancer? Hard, immobile, etc?

Not easy to tell: It's common to have a palpable node or two there. Metastatic disease tends to produce large nodes and they may be matted and/or fixed to the chest. If you have no breast mass and the nodes aren't obviously abnormal, I wouldn't worry. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you rub lemon on the armpit, does this lead to breast cancer or any other disease?

No: There is no evidence available to suggest that applying lemon juice to your armpit can cause breast cancer (or any other form of cancer). ...Read more

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I rub my armpit with lemon. If we rub it on the armpit, does this lead to breast cancer or any other disease?

I rub my armpit with lemon. If we rub it on the armpit, does this lead to breast cancer or any other disease?

Probably not: I do not see why this would affect the incidence of breast cancer and is not likely to be a causative factor. ...Read more

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I have sharp pains under my left breast and a little to the side towards my armpit. Could this be breast cancer?

I have sharp pains under my left breast and a little to the side towards my armpit. Could this be breast cancer?

Get checked out: You are young but workup needs to start proper screening with self breast exams looking for new lumps, breast exams by your physician looking for skin or nipple chanes as well as masses or lymph nodes, and mammogram and ultrasound if needed are the best ways to pick up early stage breast cancer before it causes any symptoms. Once advanced it can cause many different symptoms throughout the body. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a small lump under my armpit. And it feels as though I have lumps in my breasts, too. Could this be breast cancer?

What to do if I have a small lump under my armpit. And it feels as though I have lumps in my breasts, too. Could this be breast cancer?

Always possible: Small lumps in armpit are usually of no concern unless they are enlarging and increasing in number. Lumps in the breast are usually normal since by definition breast tissue is lumpy. A solitary firm lump always requires investigation. Either way a mammo and sono should be performed and any further treatment would proceed from there. ...Read more

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The top of my right breast hurts, pain spreads to right armpit. My areola seems to be turning white too. I'm worried that it's breast cancer?

The top of my right breast hurts, pain spreads to right armpit. My areola seems to be turning white too. I'm worried that it's breast cancer?

Breast pain: Breast cancer is rare in a 19 year old woman. Other possible causes are breast pain that comes and goes with the monthly cycle, large breasts that pull on the ligaments of the breasts or even chest wall muscle pain. Chest wall pain is often 1-sided, burning and occurs from overuse of those muscles by skiing, rowing, cycling, swimming or other activities that strain the pectoral muscles. ...Read more

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What type of breast cancer that cause the breast to swell and cause under the armpit to have a painful lump? And does that mean the cancer has spread

What type of breast cancer that cause the breast to swell and cause under the armpit to have a painful lump? And does that mean the cancer has spread

Infiltrating duct: All carcinomas of the breast will eventually metastasize or spread to the axilla. Intraductal lesions in the process of converting are within the duct system, non palpable and won't spread until they become invasive. Swelling occurs when the tumor enlarges but not to the extent seen with inflammatory Ca where the swelling is within the subcutaneous lymphatic system only. ...Read more

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I found a small painless, hard lump in my breast / armpit area. No history of breast cancer in family. I'm not able to manipulat it. Mainly in breast.

I found a small painless, hard lump in my breast / armpit area. No history of breast cancer in family. I'm not able to manipulat it. Mainly in breast.

Need to examine: If is not feasible to know what you are feeling. You may be feeling a rib rather than a mass in the breast. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have lumps in my armpits that don't seem to go away. I am only 19 and feel like breast cancer only happens to older people. What could it be?

I have lumps in my armpits that don't seem to go away. I am only 19 and feel like breast cancer only happens to older people. What could it be?

You are correct: Breast cancer is quite rare in young women. If you are feeling something that has been there for an extended period of time then you should probably be examined by your personal physician. ...Read more

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I am experiencing pain under my armpits down to the breasts. I hear if there is pain then I shouldn't worry about breast cancer so what could that be?

I am experiencing pain under my armpits down to the breasts. I hear if there is pain then I shouldn't worry about breast cancer so what could that be?

Pain: Several questions must be answered before diagnosis can be made [exam also necesssary]: what initiates the pain? What makes it better? Is it throbbing, constant, intermittent, stabbing? How intense on a scale of 1-10? How long does it last each time? How often occurring? Any lumps in armpits? Any back trouble? Is the skin normal? Age of the patient? Any health issues? Any medicines prescribed? ...Read more

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Found a lump on my left breast near the armpit. Is this breast cancer?

Found a lump on my left breast near the armpit. Is this breast cancer?

Get checked out: You are toung but workup needs to start proper screening with self breast exams looking for new lumps, breast exams by your physician looking for skin or nipple chanes as well as masses or lymph nodes, and mammogram and ultrasound if needed are the best ways to pick up early stage breast cancer before it causes any symptoms. Once advanced it can cause many different symptoms throughout the body. ...Read more

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Why are the lymph nodes in the armpit removed when a person undergoes surgery for breast cancer?

Why are the lymph nodes in the armpit removed when a person undergoes surgery for breast cancer?

Metastatsis: The first place that breast cancer will travel is to the lymph nodes in the armpit. A procedure called a sentinel lymph node biopsy removes the first draining lymph node from the breast. If this does not have cancer then we know that most lilkely the cancer has not spread. ...Read more

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If I have pain in my left breast armpit and around my shoulder blade, could it be breast cancer?

If I have pain in my left breast armpit and around my shoulder blade, could it be breast cancer?

Unlikely: In general. No. Breast cancer is typically a painless palpable lump or it's a mammographical painless finding. Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive variant that can be painful as it involves the skin. Advanced cancer that has grown into the skin or chest wall can also be painful. See your physician for a good history and physical. A mammogram or ultrasound could be indicated. ...Read more

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If I have pain in my left breast armpit and around to my shoulder blade. Could it be breast cancer?

If I have pain in my left breast armpit and around to my shoulder blade. Could it be breast cancer?

Probably not: Would need to see a doctor for an examination, but pain is not a common symptom of breast cancer. Painless firm breast mass is more common. Breast and axillary pain can be from inflammation or muscle pains. See a doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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Can inflammatory breast cancer rash be close to armpit?

Can inflammatory breast cancer rash be close to armpit?

Yes: But the armpit is also a very common place for both abscesses and fungal overgrowth.

If you do not have access to a doctor, you might try warm compresses and three times a day antifungal cream for a couple of days.

If it does not go away or start to drain, see a doctor.

Good luck, . ...Read more

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Can inflammatory breast cancer rashes be close to the armpit?

Can inflammatory breast cancer rashes be close to the armpit?

See below: Inflammatory breast cancer does not present as a rash. It is a rare form of aggressuve breast cancer that presents as a diffuse red swelling of the skin of the breast. The red swelling could also extend toward the axillary area. See a doctor right away if you are concerned. ...Read more

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I'm 18 I have a small lump under my right armpit I think it enlarged a little since 3 4 weeks do I have breast cancer I get chills. Too scared?

Not breast Ca: At 18 breast cancer very rare and would probably be palIpable before spreading to axilla. Lump may be sweat gland cyst or other non nodal problem. Ff a node is enlarged it can come from lesion on chest wall as well as arm. GP should examine axilla to confirm finding of node and if questionable should be excised. FNA produces too many errors in dx. Chills unrelared. ...Read more

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I have lump in armpit when I touch it really hurt. .. Do you know how much for surgery cost? And do I need to concern about breast cancer? Thank you

I have lump in armpit when I touch it really hurt. .. Do you know how much for surgery cost? And do I need to concern about breast cancer? Thank you

See Your Doc: Most of the time acute painful lumps in the axilla (armpit) are from an infectious cause. This is a swollen lymph node. They swell when they are fighting a bacteria or virus. A scratch by an animal on the arm could cause this. At your age, unless you have strong family history of breast cancer it's not likely this is a sign of cancer. However, you may need antibiotics so you should see a doc. ...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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Diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall. Partial mas. In oct & 1/2 through radiation. Armpit just strarted swelling, hurting & chest pain. Worry?

Diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall. Partial mas. In oct & 1/2 through radiation. Armpit just strarted swelling, hurting & chest pain. Worry?

See your surgeon.: It is very common to develop swelling in the chest and armpit following breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy. While this may just be "normal changes", it could be lymphedema. In this situation, it is best to return to your breast surgeon so that he/she can examine you. If it is lymphedema, physical therapy will be recommended. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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With reference to breast cancer, if a solid lump is present in the armpit area (lymph node), does it matter if it is itchy or not?

With reference to breast cancer, if a solid lump is present in the armpit area (lymph node), does it matter if it is itchy or not?

Go see your doctor: If a solid lump is present in your axilla (the arm pit area), it does not matter if it is itchy or not, you need to go see your doctor right away for an evaluation. Breast cancer tends to travel to the axilla, but other cancer can also present as a solid lump in the armpit too, such as lymphoma. ...Read more

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. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more