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If you have breast cancer and found the lump, what would it feel like?

If you have breast cancer and found the lump, what would it feel like?

Varies: Some times hard, sometimes rubbery, sometimes can't feel at all. Best way to know what it is: get examined by your md. May need mammogram and/or ultrasound to figure it out. There are educational models some doctors keep in their office that have a 'cancer' nodule in a fake breast so you can feel what it may be like when you check yourself. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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If you have breast cancer and found the lump, what is it supposed to feel like?

If you have breast cancer and found the lump, what is it supposed to feel like?

Breast cancer: A breast cancer lump that you can feel will usually feel as a firm or hard painless breast lump that feels distinctly different from the other breast tissue. All new breast lumps should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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I wanted to know when you have breast cancer does the lump hurt when you touch it?

I wanted to know when you have breast cancer does the lump hurt when you touch it?

Not usually: Pain is not a common presenting symptom in patients with breast cancer. Though it can be, it is not common. A tender lump could be a cyst, or (also uncommon) an infection (more common in breastfeeding patients). Definitely a good idea to see your dr and have an exam, find out if you need any imaging done, . ...Read more

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If you get a lump aspirated will this tell if you have breast cancer?

If you get a lump aspirated will this tell if you have breast cancer?

Possibly: If it is a lump and not a cyst, a core biopsy would be better. Certainly if cancer is present on fna, it means something. If it negative, u still may need core or excision biopsy depending u upon risk factors. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have breast cancer without lumps? Can other things factor into it such as indentation, nipple changes, etc.?

Is it possible to have breast cancer without lumps? Can other things factor into it such as indentation, nipple changes, etc.?

Breast cancer: Yes, lumps do not have to be present. All of the things you mentioned are possible signs or symptoms of breast cancer or other changes in the breast. ...Read more

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Are breast cancer lumps round?

Are breast cancer lumps round?

Yes possible: to be round usually irregular , if you find a lump must see your doctor ,if no recent mammography must have it ( in recent sensational study all woman who had lump had mammography ) if indicated biopsy is the option not delay for best out comes ...Read more

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How do breast cancer lumps feel like?

How do breast cancer lumps feel like?

Different: Breast cancer can feel different in each individual. Age, breast size, breast density and other symptoms can play a role in how it feels to the touch. If you feel something that is abnormal, go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Are breast-cancer lumps painful to have?

Are breast-cancer lumps painful to have?

Not usually: Bryce: a lump that is close to the nipple where a lot of nerve endings are located can be painful and one closer to the armpit where there are also a lot of nerves can be painful. A lump in the main part of the breast is usually painless, hard and non-movable. Any lump should be checked out though. I recommend you call it to your doctor's attention so that appropriate testing can be done. ...Read more

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What is breast cancer lumps look/feel like?

What is breast cancer lumps look/feel like?

Something different: Women who find their breast cancers say they felt something "different". Sometimes it's hard, like a little pebble. Or it's a rubbery lump that's new. Normal breasts can be very lumpy, which is why it's important to get to know what your breasts feel like by examining them regularly yourself. If you feel anything that concerns you, go see your doctor! don't be afraid. Breast cancer is curable! ...Read more

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How is breast cancer diagnosed? What are the types of breast lumps?

Biopsy needed...: A suspicious, palpable lump (mass) must be biopsied, whether seen on mammogram or not. Many lumps are not cancerous, such as a fibroadenoma. But the only definitive way to elucidate the nature of the lump is biopsy. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more