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Does a soft breast lump differ from a hard breast lump in a teenager in terms of chance for cancer?

Does a soft breast lump differ from a hard breast lump in a teenager in terms of chance for cancer?

Yes: A hard lump is more suspicious for cancer, but the only way to know for sure if to have your doctor or health provider check the lump. ...Read more

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


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Excluding cancer what could cause a small hard breast lump (mext to nipple) in a 39 yo male?

Excluding cancer what could cause a small hard breast lump (mext to nipple) in a 39 yo male?

Cysts, fibroadenoma: Cysts and fibroadenomas are two non-cancerous breast masses that can be found in men. Although male breast cancers only account for 1% of all breast cancers, a suspicious mass should always be evaluated. Your lump should be evaluated with a combination of physical exam, mammography and ultrasound as necessary. Please follow up with your PCP. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between having a movable and non-moving breast lump at the age of 15 in terms of cancer?

Is there a difference between having a movable and non-moving breast lump at the age of 15 in terms of cancer?

Yes: Generally, a non-movable lump indicates inflammation around it. That means that the body's immune system has recognized it as "foreign." any lump of concern to you, moveable or not, should be checked out by your doctor. Sometimes, it's only normal anatomy that you're feeling. Btw, congratulations for doing self breast examination. If you don't know what that is, discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my breast lump is a breast cancer?

How can I tell if my breast lump is a breast cancer?

Get it checked: The only way to know is to get it checked. Mammography or ultrasound may show the answer or you may need a biopsy for unknown or questionable lumps. Most can be diagnosed with a core needle biopsy which does not require going to surgery. Talk to your doctor to see what is best for you. ...Read more

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I have a pea-sized breast lump age 28, potential cancer risk?

I have a pea-sized breast lump age 28, potential cancer risk?

Risk is VERY low!: Any breast lump can be benign or cancerous. Important things are: has it grown, changed, gotten harder, deformed, dimpled the skin, made the skin over it red or swollen, or become associated with lumps in your armpit? At age 28, the chance of a lump being cancer is about 1/10, 000 -- which is NOT zero.

Please see a breast specialist for an exam, and likely an ultrasound. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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What could this pea-sized breast lump be? (age 28) Is it a potential cancer risk?

What could this pea-sized breast lump be? (age 28) Is it a potential cancer risk?

Possible: At age 28, defining a breast lesion should be by palpation or sonography and not mammography. Sono showing a regular solid lesion suggests fibroadenoma. If cystic on sono it should subside or can be aspirated. If lesion is firm and possibly irregular excisional bx needed since while Ca is rare it can occur at age 28. ...Read more

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Breast lump benign/cancer? What should I do?

Breast lump benign/cancer? What should I do?

Breast Lump: You should be evaluated by a surgeon. If there is any concern an excisional biopsy should be done. ...Read more

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Breast lump in a 16 year old female, could this be cancer?

Breast lump in a 16 year old female, could this be cancer?

Not likely: Although possible, breast cancer is rare in premenopausal women, and it is extremely, extremely rare in teenagers. More likely, the lump is some active breast tissue in the maturing breast, or a benign mass, such as a fibroadenoma or fibrocystic disease. For reassurance, you should see your primary care physician; if he/she is concerned, referral to a general surgeon would be in order. ...Read more

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Breast lump in one breast, only 19 years old, could this be cancer?

Breast lump in one breast, only 19 years old, could this be cancer?

Yes: Get into the habit now. Any dominant mass in the breast needs to be seen without delay by your physician. I'll bet it's benign. But you'd be betting your life versus nothing if you don't get seen. ...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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Can a test for cancer in a breast lump be wrong? It was tested not cancer but it grew back now doctors are worried.

Can a test for cancer in a breast lump be wrong? It was tested not cancer but it grew back now doctors are worried.

No perfect tests: There are no perfect tests, and unfortunately these include the ones that we rely upon to tell us if cancer is present or not. If there is doubt, or your clinical situation has changed, please don't delay in getting a confirmatory study or second opinion. Ask your doctor to candidly share his concerns and best direct you appropriately. ...Read more

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2.4cm breast lump irregular, hypoechoic heterogeneous lesion. Getting biopsy. Is there anything other than cancer with that description it could be?

2.4cm breast lump irregular, hypoechoic heterogeneous lesion. Getting biopsy. Is there anything other than cancer with that description it could be?

Yes,: There are a number of benign entities that can cause a lesion with this appearance. In the absence of other descriptors, this sounds like a BIRADS category 4C lesion, which implies a 50-95% chance of malignancy. ...Read more

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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 under nipple in 14 yr old male, could I have breast cancer?

Breast lump under nipple in 14 yr old male, could I have breast cancer?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a breast lump is cancer?

How can I tell if a breast lump is cancer?

Best to have: It checked by your physician. May need to refer to a specialist for biopsy. Also may order some diagnostic tests to make diagnosis. Once confirmed, treatment plans will be in order. ...Read more

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What is done for a teenager with a breast lump/cyst?

Depends: If it is a cyst, which is fluid-filled, usually nothing. If it is causing pain, then an aspiration can be performed.

If it is a solid mass, it is most likely a fibroadenoma (I have several posts on this topic). Unless it is large, we don't do anything with them. If it is a large fibroadenoma, then it is usually removed surgically.

find a breast surgeon in your area for evaluation ...Read more

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How can I tell if a breast lump is cancer or a benign lump?

How can I tell if a breast lump is cancer or a benign lump?

Need 2 C Ur Doctor: It is difficult if not impossible to differentiate a benign breast tumor from a malignant one by exam alone. At your age an ultrasound may be very helpful; ultimately, a (needle) biopsy under local anesthesia in an office setting is the most definitive diagnostic method. I advise you to see your doctor for the appropriate direction. ...Read more

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Is a breast lump that hasn't grown in over 5 years unlikely to be cancer?

Is a breast lump that hasn't grown in over 5 years unlikely to be cancer?

Biopsy: Is the only definitive answer-never ignore and always get mamogram/ultrasound ...Read more

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I've developed a second breast lump in a matter of days. Is it likely to be cancer?

I've developed a second breast lump in a matter of days. Is it likely to be cancer?

No: I guess my first question is, what was the first lump? In general, a new lump that appears to develop "overnight" is often a breast cyst, a fluid filled lump that develops after a duct becomes blocked. It is almost impossible to distinguish a cyst from a cancer by exam alone; an ultrasound can determine this easily. Regardless, any new lump in the breast warrants physician evaluation. ...Read more

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