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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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I have a lump the size of a pea on my armpit, I can move it a little bit but it is very sore, I have a history of breast cancer in my family?

I have a lump the size of a pea on my armpit, I can move it a little bit but it is very sore, I have a history of breast cancer in my family?

Cyst: It is most likely a cyst that has gotten inflamed. You need to have it examined to make sure. Most likely not cancer. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Small red inflamed raised lump on breast, got big during pregnancy, it's been 8months since birth of my baby now it's bigger has veins from it? Had lumps in armpit too. FYI my mom has breast cancer.

Small red inflamed raised lump on breast, got big during pregnancy, it's been 8months since birth of my baby now it's bigger has veins from it? Had lumps in armpit too. FYI my mom has breast cancer.

Time to see doctor: Any mass found in a woman's breast should be examined by her primary care doctor. If cancer is suspected, special studies can be done. Treatment is more sucessful if a cancer is found earlier, rather than later. If the mass is found not to be cancer, the doctors will offer advice and treatment too. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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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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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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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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

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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

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