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Can you tell me, are doctors always supposed to send you for a scan if you have a breast lump?

Can you tell me, are doctors always supposed to send you for a scan if you have a breast lump?

Depends: Evaluation of a breast lump typically involves a combination of physical exam and possibly ultrasound or mammogram. Depends on degree of suspicion of what your doctor thinks it is. ...Read more

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Why can't i find or feel the 1cm smooth breast lump on self exam my doctor can feel?

Why can't i find or feel the 1cm smooth breast lump on self exam my doctor can feel?

Exams are subjective: Sometimes masses are mobile and are difficult to feel if you are standing/sitting up vs laying down. Some women have "lumpy breasts and what feels normal to them may feel abnormal to the md. A good idea would be to have the md put your fingers directly on the mass so that you know what he/she is feeling. Does imaging confirm the mass in the same place he/she indicated? If so, biopsy. ...Read more

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Went to doctor about a breast lump and should have been referred. He didn't even feel it. Can I self refer to woman doctor?

Went to doctor about a breast lump and should have been referred. He didn't even feel it. Can I self refer to woman doctor?

Always: You can always self refer with the only limitation the occasinal insurance requiring pcp authorization. To find out, check with your customer service consultant. ...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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I am wondering if this breast lump could be cancer? Which doctor should I call?

I am wondering if this breast lump could be cancer?  Which doctor should I call?

Your regular doctor: You should see your primary care provider as soon as you can. They can then coordinate testing and referrals as appropriate. ...Read more

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How long can you delay the breast lump removal a doctor advised?

How long can you delay the breast lump removal a doctor advised?

Need biosy results: With rare exception, one should not go to the or without a tissue diagnosis. This is usually easily accomplished via needle biopsy under local anesthesia. Once the diagnosis is established, the timing of the surgery can be guided by whether the lump is benign or malignant: if benign, no urgency; if malignant, why wait? ...Read more

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