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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. ...Read more

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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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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". ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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?

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

Areola (Definition)

The areola is the dark ...Read more