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I am a male with a lump in the breast area. The lump is painful to touch. The blue mark just appeared. What type of specialist should I see? What's th

Start w/primary care: Your primary care provider should be your first stop. From there your doctor will determine if you need to see another specialist. ...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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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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Is it possible that a painful breast lump just be normal breast tissue?

Is it possible that a painful breast lump just be normal breast tissue?

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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If I have a breast lump that is painful, should I go to urgent care or to my primary physcian?

If I have a breast lump that is painful, should I go to urgent care or to my primary physcian?

Primary: An urgent care will not be able to do much for you and your primary care doc will want to help you figure this out. On the lighter side, pain is not usually cancer. ...Read more

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What should be my first steps if I have a painful breast lump?

See your Dr.: I am assuming you have a primary care physician or gyn serving that purpose. The first step is to go and be examined. Most breast lumps are benign so stay calm but don't put off this examination. Your doctor will probably recommend some form of imaging and may recommend that you see a breast surgeon. I think that would be a good idea and my recommendations for first steps. ...Read more

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I have a painful breast lump, 6 weeks post partum. What could cause this?

I have a painful breast lump, 6 weeks post partum. What could cause this?

Infection: You could be experiencing mastitis, which is an infection due to clogging of the milk duct. You should alert your gyn and get a complete breast exam. You may need an ultrasound. Do not delay in contacting your doctors. ...Read more

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If I got a painful breast lump at the age of 15, could this be breast cancer?

If I got a painful breast lump at the age of 15, could this be breast cancer?

No: A breast mass at this young age is usually a fluid filled cyst or a noncancerous mass called a fibroadenoma. I recommend seeing a physician or gynecologist for a physical examination. ...Read more

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If I have a painful breast lump, should I go to urgent care or my pcp?

If I have a painful breast lump, should I go to urgent care or my pcp?

PCP: An urgent care center is better-designed to treat emergncies; most pcps have more experience dealing with breast disease. However, if you think you have a breast abscess (redness, swelling, fever, severe pain) and your pcp is unavailable, it is reasonable to seek out immediate attention at an urgent care center. ...Read more

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I have a breast lump.doctor didn't find anything.ultrasound showed nothing aswell.its painful and i feel as if it has decreased in size.im 17.cancer?

I have a breast lump.doctor didn't find anything.ultrasound showed nothing aswell.its painful and i feel as if it has decreased in size.im 17.cancer?

Normal breast tissue: Women of your age have very high levels of estrogen and progesterone -- female hormones. These can make your breast tissue swell and shrink, especially with your cycle. Your ultrasound likely DID show something -- normal breast tissue. Cancer is almost NEVER painful, and NEVER gets smaller. This makes cancer very unlikely. Examine your breasts monthly AFTER your period, if changes, see Dr.! ...Read more

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Breast lump describes any lump found in the breast. A breast lump may be something benign, such as a small cyst, or something serious, ...Read more


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