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How can I tell if a breast lump is cancerous?

Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How can you tell if a breast lump is serious?

How can you tell if a breast lump is serious?

Go to your doctor: The best way to know whether a breast lump is serious is to have your doctor evaluate it and order the appropriate studies. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a vaginal mass is cancerous?

How can I tell if a vaginal mass is cancerous?

See your doctor: Diagnosis of cancer usually requires a biopsy and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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How can I determine if my breast tumor is cancerous?

How can I determine if my breast tumor is cancerous?

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 more

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Please tell me if it is easy to detect a cancerous breast lump?

Please tell me if it is easy to detect a cancerous breast lump?

Varies: Each patient is different and each cancer diagnosis has its own challenges. The only way to diagnose cancer of breast or any other cancer is to remove the suspicious tissue and have it examined by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Breast cancer- how could you tell what is a cancerous lump?

Breast cancer- how could you tell what is a cancerous lump?

Biopsy: The only way to tell if a lump is cancerous is to get a needle biopsy . If you have a lump, i recommend you see your doctor. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's breast cancer in a lump?

How to tell if it's breast cancer in a lump?

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 more

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If I have a lump in my breast about the size of a pea, how can I tell if it is cancer?

If I have a lump in my breast about the size of a pea, how can I tell if it is cancer?

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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How would i know if I have this fibroadenoma and is mobile lump possible for breast ca?

How would i know if I have this fibroadenoma and is mobile lump possible for breast ca?

Lump: If you have a lump, and you are 20 years old, you need an ultrasound for better definition of the lump, followed by ultrasound guided biopsy to prove that it is only fibroadenoma, benign, and not something else. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a mole is cancer?

How can you tell if a mole is cancer?

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 more

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How can I tell if a breast lump is a gland or node or not?

How can I tell if a breast lump is a gland or node or not?

See a MD: Although breast cancer lumps tend to be hard and fixed to the chest wall, there are many exceptions in early cancers. Don't try to "guess" if it is cancer or not- see a md for an accurate assessment. ...Read more

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How do you know if a small lump is skin cancer?

How do you know if a small lump is skin cancer?

Have it looked at..: by a dermatologist or family practice doctor who look at a lot of skin lesions and can take a biopsy if necessary to confirm the presence of a cancer if that is the suspicion. ...Read more

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I just found a lump on my breast, is it a cyst or tumor, and how do I tell without going to the doctors?

I just found a lump on my breast, is it a cyst or tumor, and how do I tell without going to the doctors?

Tumor unlikely: Cancer of the breast can occur at your age but is very uncommon. But any new lump or bump should be investigated. Hopefully you have a gynecologist or family doctor who can do this for you. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine if a lump is cancerous?

How do doctors determine if a lump is cancerous?

Biopsy: A portion of any suspicious mass needs to go to the pathology lab, where we do our magic and come up with the diagnosis. Best wishes. ...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