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23female. Could a lump on breast near chest wall (upper inner breastArea) be cancerous if it's painful when it's touched- round&pea sized, red?

23female. Could a lump on breast near chest wall (upper inner breastArea) be cancerous if it's painful when it's touched- round&pea sized, red?

Get it seen: Most likely it's a cyst. Get with your physician, who will probably aspirate it. Cancer is unlikely, but you're a grown woman now and need to get into the habit of getting seen for any dominant breast mast that you discover. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Lump (Definition)

A breast lump is a mass that can be felt within the breast on physical examination. Most turn out to be benign, a smaller ...Read more


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Is there one best test to diagnose breast lump?

Is there one best test to diagnose breast lump?

No: All tests can miss a breast lump. They are best used together. An ultrasound may find a lump that is missed on mammogram. A MRI may find lumps missed by the usg etc. ...Read more

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Can a stromal tissue breast lump change in consistency?

Can a stromal tissue breast lump change in consistency?

Yes: Depending on pathology (disease) At 42 you must follow your doctor 's advise If you are not satisfied take a second opinion, as matter of fact your doctor will encourage you and help you to seek one, but not a internet advise. As you need to be examined Good Luck ...Read more

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What is the likely cause of a young woman to have a breast lump?

What is the likely cause of a young woman to have a breast lump?

Fibroadenoma: The most common breast tumor is a fibroadenoma. This is a benign tumor which may be present as early as the teen years. As women age, breast cysts may develop, which are benign fluid-filled lumps (peak incidence ages 35-50). It is often very difficult to distinguish a lump from normal "lumpy-bumpy" tissue. When in doubt, it is best to see your primary care physician or gynecologist. ...Read more

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Pain of breast lump removal?

Depends but mild: Most patients have mild pain after a surgical bx and require narcotics only for a few days maybe less. If the lesion is benign, with current technology, many lumps can be removed percutaneously in the office under ultrasound guidance through a puncture rather than incision and patients generally require only over the counter pain meds (tylenol, advil, (ibuprofen) aleve). ...Read more

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Can primrose help breast lump?

Can primrose help breast lump?

See your doctor: If you have a lump that is not normal, do not try to treat this on your own. See your doctor and get a mammogram to see what is going on. ...Read more

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Is breast lump removal painful?

Is breast lump removal painful?

Minor Surgery: A lumpectomy is usually performed under twilight anesthesia, so you will not be aware of the operation. After surgery, you will probably notice a "black-and-blue" type of soreness that should be well controlled with non-narcotic pain medication (i am a big fan of ibuprofen). Most people return to work in a few days and are back to normal activities in a week. Of course, check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the cost of breast lump removal?

What is the cost of breast lump removal?

$6, 000-10, 000: The last time I looked at this was ~10 years ago; the avg then was $6, 000. This includes hospital and all physician (surgeon, anesthesia, pathology) costs. If you need a biopsy and are uninsured, you may qualify for assistance. Please discuss this with your surgeon asap. ...Read more

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What can be done for a painful breast lump?

What can be done for a painful breast lump?

See a doctor: Needs medical evaluation and mammogram with possible breast ultrasound. Painful breast cysts will often resolve after your menstrual cycle or can have needle aspiration in the office. But, needs an exam to be sure it is benign. ...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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How can I tell if a breast lump is cancerous?

How can I tell if a breast lump is cancerous?

You can't: You need a physician to see and examine you and order the proper tests! ...Read more

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Does a breast lump feel different from a cyst?

No: Whether fluid-filled or solid, it is often very difficult to tell if a lump is a tumor or a cyst by examination alone. In contrast, an ultrasound will readily distinguish between the two. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a breast lump is cancerous?

How can you tell if a breast lump is cancerous?

Breast Biopsy: It is very difficult to distinguish a benign breast lump from a cancer for patient and doctor. Depending upon age and physical examination findings, we will often get a mammogram and ultrasound to help evaluate a breast lump, sometimes culminating in a (nonsurgical) needle-biopsy--ultimately, the only way to be 100% certain is to look at the tissue under the microscope. ...Read more

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How can I gain weight after breast lump surgery?

How can I gain weight after breast lump surgery?

Unrelated: A lumpectomy is an out-patient operation usually under twilight anesthesia; it usually takes about 30 minutes. It should have no effect on weight gain. ...Read more

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Help with breast lump! What is diagnostic imaging?

Help with breast lump! What is diagnostic imaging?

Any X-ray 2 help see: Diagnostic imaging is any radiologic or other intervention used to help image the breast and establish a diagnosis. This includes x-ray, xeromaography, ultrasound, ct scan, mri, pet scan, etc. ...Read more

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When is it necessary to get a breast lump removal?

When is it necessary to get a breast lump removal?

Lump removal: A breast lump can be diagnosed by needle biopsy, typically. If the biopsy reveals cancer, then the lump needs to be removed. If the biopsy is inconclusive, the lump should also be removed, so a true diagnosis can be made. ...Read more

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What are the signs that a breast lump is cancerous?

What are the signs that a breast lump is cancerous?

Hard to Tell: It is very difficult to distinguish a benign breast lump from a cancer by exam alone, for patient and doctor. In general, cancers tend to be rock-hard, 3-dimensionally round, and can feel "fixed" within the breast. Depending upon age and physical examination findings, we will often get a mammogram and ultrasound to help evaluate a breast lump, sometimes culminating in a (nonsurgical) biopsy. ...Read more

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Mammogram found a breast lump. What should I do now?

Mammogram found a breast lump. What should I do now?

Lump: Speak with your doctor. At this point you may need additional imaging, such as an ultrasound, or biopsy. ...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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What does a breast lump feel like compared to a cyst?

What does a breast lump feel like compared to a cyst?

No different: It is impossible to differentiate a solid lump from a cyst by exam alone. However, it is easy to differentiate them by ultrasound or needle-aspiration. Never assume a new lump is "just another cyst"--see your doctor for any new breat lump. ...Read more

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I found a breast lump in my left breast. What do I do?

I found a breast lump in my left breast. What do I do?

Breast Lump: At your age any breast lump should be taken seriously with an appropriate work up done. You need to see your primary care physician or a general surgeon for further care. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a breast lump and a cyst?

What's the difference between a breast lump and a cyst?

Less/more specific: A lump can be anything - solid or fluid filled, scar tissue, just a prominent area. It is a very non-specific term. A cyst means a fluid filled structure. ...Read more

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Can there be a typical size of a cancerous breast lump?

Can there be a typical size of a cancerous breast lump?

No set size: Ideally, a breast cancer is found before you can feel it. This is usually done via screening mammograms. If a lump is found, it needs to be further examined with mammograms to see if other lumps are present and some kind of biopsy to determine if it is a cancer. ...Read more

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After benign breast lump removal is your breast puckered?

After benign breast lump removal is your breast puckered?

Rarely: Breast cancer surgeons have learned a lot from our plastic surgery colleagues and now try to apply many of the same principles that they follow with breast surgery so that we can, first and foremost, remove what we need to, but do so with minimal aesthetic changes. Of course, the size of the tumor relative to the breast and it's location will have an effect, but most patients have minimal changes. ...Read more

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

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

See a MD: Although breast cancer lumps tend to be hard and fixed to the chest wall, there are many exceptions in early cancers. Don't try to "guess" if it is cancer or not- see a md for an accurate assessment. ...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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After benign breast lump removal are your breasts misshaped?

After benign breast lump removal are your breasts misshaped?

Not usually: The breast is a very forgiving organ with respect to post surgical changes provided that your surgeon follows a few simple rules. The tumor does not belong in your breast, therefore you should not have a loss of normal breast tissue. Scars can be hidden around the edge of the areola or under the breast. Please address this with your surgeon before surgery. ...Read more