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Doctor insights on: Breast Self Examination Problem Due To Large Breasts

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Breast Self Exam (Definition)

Breast self exam is a method in which a person checks her own breasts to help detect breast problems or changes. Breast problems can be first discovered by women themselves, often by accident. Breast lumps can be ...Read more


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How to perform self examination on large breast? How to differentiate lumps in breast? Is it better to get mammogram/ultrasound? 25 years old, 40D.

How to perform self examination on large breast? How to differentiate lumps in breast? Is it better to get mammogram/ultrasound? 25 years old, 40D.

Self exam: Try this link: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps Mammo screening should start at age 40, possibly earlier if you are at higher risk. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Can only 1 breast be fibrocystic? And could it cause the size of the breast to increase? US & mammo are normal, besides dense tissue.

Can only 1 breast be fibrocystic? And could it cause the size of the breast to increase? US & mammo are normal, besides dense tissue.

Possible: Typically fibrocytic disease is found in both breasts, but one breast can be affected more than the other and this is why possibly what is going on in your case. Fibrocytic disease usually fluctuates during the menstruation cycle. Typically mammography is normal and US shows cysts. ...Read more

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Persistent ovarian cyst and hard mass in breast, is there an underlying problem causing this?

Persistent ovarian cyst and hard mass in breast, is there an underlying problem causing this?

Might be benign : Benign causes are more common at this age. As long as you are followingup with your doctor you should be fine..... Do you have a family history of cancer ? ...Read more

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Can excessive stimulation of the breast by obsessive examination or too big bra cause changes to size and color of areolas?

Can excessive stimulation of the breast by obsessive examination or too big bra cause changes to size and color of areolas?

You might have: some edema if the areolas are excessively manipulated. If skin is excoriated if may impact color. Bottom line - are you so excessive that you are causing significant trauma to your breasts? See you have anxiety. Is this a compulsive behavior? See you take xanax (alprazolam). If you have poorly controlled compulsion speak with your doctor about non - med therapies as well as SSRI's. ...Read more

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Can a guy touching your breasts cause breast cancer?

Can a guy touching your breasts cause breast cancer?

Not at all: Some breast cancer is related to heredity and runs in families. Most of the time, we don't know why it starts. But touching the breasts has nothing to do with it at all. In fact, breast self-examination is one of the best ways to find a lump, which should be checked by your doctor to see whether further follow-up (mammogram) is needed. Don't let anyone touch you there if you don't want him to. ...Read more

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Are dangerous breast lumps likely to occur against the body, or usually in fatty breast tissue? I'm only 25. Don't want to overreact.

Are dangerous breast lumps likely to occur against the body, or usually in fatty breast tissue? I'm only 25. Don't want to overreact.

Mammogram: If you feel a lump, see if it changes over the course of your menstral cycle. Benign lumps change size with your period. Hard non mobile lumps with skin changes or any bleeding from the nipple need quick evaluation. It is not where the lump is located, it is what they feel like that counts. Any concern...See your doctor for a breast exam. Especially if you have family history of breast cancer! ...Read more

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Can a swollen mass in breast be caused by partner sucking breast?

Can a swollen mass in breast be caused by partner sucking breast?

Possible: Yes, it is possible, if partner is rough. Can damage breast tissue. Ice the area carefully to alleviate swelling and pain. It should get better. ...Read more

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If breasts are removed due to breast cancer, can a woman get new breasts via an implant?

If breasts are removed due to breast cancer, can a woman get new breasts via an implant?

Yes: Yes. Typically a bag will be put in under the muscle at the time of the breast removal (mastectomy) and then salt water put into the breast every week until you get to the size you want. Then the bag (expander) is taken out and a saline or silicone implant is put in. ...Read more

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Which one is more accurat mammogram or MRI to discover breast tumor in case of breast silicon implant ?

Which one is more accurat mammogram or MRI to discover breast tumor in case of breast silicon implant ?

Depends: This depends on what you mean by "accurate". Mri is more "sensitive" but less "specific". This means that MRI will detect more breast changes but more of the changes it detects will be false detections. ...Read more

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Over 70, 2 dimples on breast, doctor felt through to breastbone, no lump found, could this still be breast cancer or other cause?

Breast dimples: You need a mammogram and ultrasound over the dimple area. Not all cancers are palpable which is why we do mammograms. Do not wait. get one this week and follow up with breast surgeon may need biopsy . ...Read more

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What causes inflammed milk ducts; not breast feeding ; lumps in chest and r/breast. ?

What causes inflammed milk ducts; not breast feeding ; lumps in chest and r/breast. ?

Worrisome: Becca, this can be a number of things. It can be inflamed milk ducts if you have been pregnant or have breastfed in the last year. Infection can cause this, as can lymphedema (blocked lymph glands causing fluid to build up). A blood clot in a vein in your chest or arm can cause this. Last, certain breast cancers appear like this, so please see a doctor as soon as possible! ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose fibrocystic breasts from touching?

Is it possible to diagnose fibrocystic breasts from touching?

Not Really: Fibrocystic disease is a hodgepodge of benign pathologic changes seen under the microscope, so it can only be diagnosed by biopsy. However, it has been used frequently by doctors to describe "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue, which all women have in some form. ...Read more

Breasts Enlarged (Definition)

increase in size of the breast or breasts would be considered an ...Read more