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How do I know the difference between dense breast tissue and a lump?

How do I know the difference between dense breast tissue and a lump?

Breast self exam: If you are performing breast self exam monthly, then you will get know what your normal lumps feel like. Once you are familiar with your normal, an abnormal lump will feel different. If you have any question, call your doctor for evaluation. Read more

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The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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Difference between fibrous breast tissue and cancerous tumor? I have many moveable, squishy lumps. Doc says ok bit causing anxiety when I feel.

Difference between fibrous breast tissue and cancerous tumor? I have many moveable, squishy lumps. Doc says ok bit causing anxiety when I feel.

Fibrous tissue: Is quite common. But if it’s causing you anxiety, I would suggest that you discuss with your doctor and have him/her explain the differences, go over your findings with you, and discuss the possibility of a mammogram if that is indicated in your situation and depending upon your history. Good luck! Read more

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How can you distinguish between breast tissue and a lump?

How can you distinguish between breast tissue and a lump?

Mammo or Ultrasound: Sometimes it is very difficult to distinguish the difference between breast tissue and a lump. The use of mammograms as well as ultrasounds in combination with needle biopsy may be requried in order to establish a definitive diagnosis. Read more

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How can you distinguish between breast tissue and a lump?

Not so Easy: In general, lumps that "count" tend to be 3-dimensionally round, (rock) hard, & non-mobile. However, there is a lot of variation from one person to the next. In my practice, breast ultrasound is an extension of my physical exam, and very helpful to distinguish between the two. When in doubt, a simple needle biopsy under local anesthesia in the office can lead to definitive diagnosis. 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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Would you say it's easy to mistake breast tissue for a breast lump?

Would you say it's easy to mistake breast tissue for a breast lump?

Sometimes: Sometimes a thicker area of breast tissue or dense fibroglandular tissue may feel like a lump. However any palpable lump in the breast needs to be evaluated by a health care provider to assure it is not a serious lump such as breast cancer. Read more

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I found a small lump in my left breast, how can I tell if it is just normal breast tissue?

I found a small lump in my left breast, how can I tell if it is just normal breast tissue?

See your doctor.: It is very difficult to distinguish normal "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue from one that warrants further evaluation. Lumps that "count" tend to be 3-dimensionally round rather than pencil- or pancake-shaped and are harder than normal rubbery breast tissue. When finding a new lump, it is best to see your dr.;it may be wise to get a mammogram, ultrasound, or even a biopsy, depending on their findings. Read more

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What does normal breast tissue feel like? Or breast cyst? I don't know if im feeling a lump or just normal. Its movable, feels connected to tissue.

What does normal breast tissue feel like? Or breast cyst? I don't know if im feeling a lump or just normal. Its movable, feels connected to tissue.

See answer: Tough to answer over the computer. Fibro-cystic breast disease is very common in young breasts, and is probably what you are feeling. The best advice for you is too a dr. And get a breast exam, and have the dr. Explain what is normal specifically to your breasts, and then when you perform an exam on yourself at least monthly, and notice any changes, you can alert the dr. Best wishes. Read more

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Had breast u/s. Said the lump I feel isn't in the breast tissue but above. Maybe subcutaneous. Could do MRI. Os it worth it knowing not in breast?

Had breast u/s. Said the lump I feel isn't in the breast tissue but above. Maybe subcutaneous. Could do MRI. Os it worth it knowing not in breast?

If you are worried: If you are really worried about it, a needle biopsy in the surgeon's office would give you more information at a lower cost. Discuss this with your primary care provider who can do an exam and give you more guidance. Best wishes. Read more

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I have a lump in my breast tissue. Please help?

I have a lump in my breast tissue. Please help?

Med eval: Please see your physician to have a breast mass evaluated. Read more

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Is it possible that a painful breast lump just be normal breast tissue?

Is it possible that a painful breast lump just be normal breast tissue?

See a Doctor: Any new lump in the breast should be a cause for concern, best handled by seeing your gyne or primary care doctor. While most cancers are not painful, it is not a reliable finding. Hopefully, your doctor will be able to alleviate your concern or refer you to a breast center/surgeon for definitive evaluation. I hope its a false alarm--good luck. Read more

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I have two lumps on r. Lower breast so I had a mammogram and ultrasound where they confirmed the lumps but not much breast tissue. Is there concern?

I have two lumps on r. Lower breast so I had a mammogram and ultrasound where they confirmed the lumps but not much breast tissue. Is there concern?

It depends: It all depends on what the lumps looked like on mammo and ultrasound. They could have benign features, or suspicious features. No way to tell without further information. Read more

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I'm 18 years old and I have axillary breast tissue in one armpit. Is that normal, and also is it meant to feel like little lumps???

I'm 18 years old and I have axillary breast tissue in one armpit. Is that normal, and also is it meant to feel like little lumps???

Yes: If you draw a line from your nipple to the armpit there can be islands of breast tissue anywhere along that line. It can really be uncomfortable if you decide to breast feed in the future and should be part of your monthly self exam process. Read more

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Had vacuum breast biopsy 3 months ago and area near biopsy site feels firm still. Not rock hard but almost like a little lump. Biopsy was benign breast tissue. What could be causing that firmness?

Had vacuum breast biopsy 3 months ago and area near biopsy site feels firm still. Not rock hard but almost like a little lump. Biopsy was benign breast tissue. What could be causing that firmness?

Hematoma: No matter what kind of biopsy is perfomed on the breast there is always the possibility of a small degree of bleeding locally. If an open biopsy is carried out, surgical closure to prevent even small spaces at the bx site from remaining. Without guaranteed control of any oozing into the biopsy site a hematoma and some hardening of the area can occur Read more

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I have a lump about 2.5 inches below clavicle not in breast tissue. Female 56 pot-menopausal. Found it in shower with soapy hand?

I have a lump about 2.5 inches below clavicle not in breast tissue. Female 56 pot-menopausal. Found it in shower with soapy hand?

2.5 inch lump: A 2.5 inch lump anywhere in or on your body requires immediate attention. If your doctor cannot fit you in today or tomorrow please go to the nearest Emergency Room. I suspect that with your issue you will be seen by your doctor today! Read more

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Does breast tissue feel firmer/bumpier around edges along top when raise arms? No actual lump, same both breasts. Is it where tissue attach to muscle?

Does breast tissue feel firmer/bumpier around edges along top when raise arms? No actual lump, same both breasts. Is it where tissue attach to muscle?

Yes, it does.: The breasts are composed of firm glandular tissue and soft fatty tissue with string like tubes converging at the nipple. Together they make the breast tissue feel lumpy and bumpy with hills, valleys and ridges. That is normal. If you are concerned about what you feel, check the opposite side and see if it has a matching area. If not, see a doctor. Read more