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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.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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

Possibly IBC: Inflammatory breast cancer occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling. It is very fast-growing and spreads quickly. It looks like an infection, so doctors often try antibiotics first, delaying diagnosis. However, infection is also a possibility. See a doctor immediately for these symptoms. If it is cancer, your symptoms don't mean it has spread. But you need a biopsy of any lump!

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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. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If my mom and both grandmas had breast cancer, should I go see a doctor if I am now experiencing a lump under my right armpit?

If my mom and both grandmas had breast cancer, should I go see a doctor if I am now experiencing a lump under my right armpit?

It depends: Any lump in your body requires medical attention for verification and in order to determine its significance and make a correct diagnosis. Breast cancer does occur, although very rarely, in 20 year olds, so I would advise you to get yourself examined or share this info with your family/friends who can support you and make sure that your health is OK

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Lump under arm and sore nipple could this be a sigh of breast cancer?

Lump under arm and sore nipple could this be a sigh of breast cancer?

Sore nipple: Possibly. You should be evaluated asap by your doctor to rule out a malignancy.

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I've found lump in left breast hard not completly round and lumps under my arm also have discharge in nipple. Chances this is breast cancer?

I've found lump in left breast hard not completly round and lumps under my arm also have discharge in nipple. Chances this is breast cancer?

Can't provide you: With a statistical response. But would encourage you to have this medically evaluated promptly.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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