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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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GP found a breast lump under areola, described it as "rubbery and mobile" it's approx. 1/4". Mentioned cancer. Could it be anything else? Sent for US

GP found a breast lump under areola, described it as "rubbery and mobile" it's approx. 1/4". Mentioned cancer. Could it be anything else? Sent for US

Yes: It may be a papilloma, a benign cyst, or any of several other entities. If it is cancer, a small one like this is most often curable. I would urge you to check your own breasts for lumps and get seen if you find a dominant mass.

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


Dr. Paul Velt Dr. Velt
Diagnostic Radiology
38 years in practice
Free University of Brussels Faculty of Medicine
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I had a breast lump 2 month ago on a side of my left breast I checked my Dr and he said it's not clear yet but now it's moved to above areola? ?

Dr. Paul Velt Dr. Velt
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I had a breast lump 2 month ago on a side of my left breast I checked my Dr and he said it's not clear yet but now it's moved to above areola? ?

Ultrasound: In young ladies the easiest and safest way to investigate this is with ultrasound. This will tell if it is a cyst filled with fluid or solid. Then decision can be made to "cure it".

Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Breast lump in one breast areola region can it be cancer with nipple dicharge both breast white no odor only when squeezed?

Breast lump in one breast areola region can it be cancer with nipple dicharge both breast white no odor only when squeezed?

See a doctor: I cannot tell here what kind of breast lump you have. It could be a benign cyst or skin cyst. It could be something else. The nipple discharge sounds benign and may not even be related to the breast lump you feel All breast lumps need to be evaluated by a doctor & appropriate testing to tell what you may have.

Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How will I know if I have breast lump?

How will I know if I have breast lump?

Self-examination: Tara-that is often a very difficult thing to determine for patient and doctor, since the breast by it's very nature is a very "lumpy-bumpy" organ. If you perform self-examination, you will be more likely to identify any new lump, which should prompt a visit to your doctor. If they share your concern, they will send you to a breast specialist and may order tests such as an ultrasound+/-mammogram.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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My Friend is experiencing breast lump.

My Friend is experiencing breast lump.

Please encourage: Your friend to have this lump medically evaluated.

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Dr. Philip Woodworth Dr. Woodworth
Surgery
21 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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Should I be worried about a breast lump?

Should I be worried about a breast lump?

Yes: Have an exam by your primary care doctor. Mammogram and us are also needed.

Dr. Paxton Daniel Dr. Daniel
Radiology
35 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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Dr. Mazen Ghani Dr. Ghani
Radiology
20 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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What is the cause of breast lump and what should I do?

What is the cause of breast lump and what should I do?

Breast lumps: Are most commonly caused by normal breast tissue but can also be seen with fibrocystic changes, cysts, fibroadenomas, and cancer. See you physician for a clinical breast exam. They may also order a mammogram and/or ultrasound.

Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: Breast lump?

What is the definition or description of: Breast lump?

Breast Lump: A breast lump is a mass that can be felt within the breast on physical examination. Most turn out to be benign, a smaller percentage may be malignant.

Dr. Herbert Hoover Dr. Hoover
General Practice
47 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Breast lump that "appears" over night. What could this be?

Breast lump that "appears" over night. What could this be?

Could be anything: A lump the appears in the breast "overnight" probably has been there before but was not felt or could be a cyst that just formed. A cyst would usually be tender to touch. If the lump persists beyond a few days, consultation with a breast specialist should be sought, a cyst might be treated with an aspiration in the office but a persistent mass requires a through evaluation and probable a biopsy.

Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I have to get a breast lump removed how is it going to feel?

I have to get a breast lump removed how is it going to feel?

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.

Dr. Greg Pahnke Dr. Pahnke
Surgery - Oncology
40 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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What does a breast lump feel like when you're looking for it?

A nodule, marble. BB: May descriptors - just something different that you feel in your own exam of your breasts. Many women already have cobble-stoning, oatmeal -cottage cheese granular or----- larger pancakes of fibrosis " feel" to their breasts it is a change in that "feel" that we want you find. Something that comes up and does not recede after your menstrual cycle whether a bb, marble, or popcorn kernel.

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Dr. Sean Canale Dr. Canale
Breast Surgery
26 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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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).

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Dr. Regina Hampton Dr. Hampton
Breast Surgery
19 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
Surgery
27 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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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!

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Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

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Areola (Definition)

The areola is the dark ...Read more