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How Can I Tell If A Breast Lump Is Cancerous
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Biopsy: Ask your doctor to refer to a breast center where an ultrasound can determine if the tumor is a cyst (fluid) or solid tumor. A cyst can be observed if not painful. Most (over 95 percent) of tumors in your age group are benign (non cancerous). The breast center physician ( usually a radiologist) can perform a biopsy or determine if the tumor can be observed based on the appearance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Biopsy: The only way to know for sure if a breast lump is cancer or not is with a biopsy - a procedure in which a small amount of the lump is removed and then examined by a pathologist under the microscope. Mammogram, ultrasound and MRI can give a good idea if a lump is cancer or not, and depending on the results of imaging studies, biopsy may not be necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a breast surgeon: Self-examination definitely helps finding cancers but can be very difficult, since most women have "lumpy, bumpy" breasts; breast examination supplemented by ultrasound is the best way to distinguish the two. Other studies including mammography, or even MRI may sometimes be helpful. Ultimately, the only way to be certain is by tissue biopsy, which can almost-always be done under local anesthesia. ...Read more
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Change & pathology: A mole may turn into cancer, melanoma. The process is usually associated with enlargement, color change, change in borders, bleeding, ulceration, development of enlarged lymph nodes related to the site. Confirmation requires removal of the lesion and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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