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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

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


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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 related to lymph nodes?

Breast lump related to lymph nodes?

Please clarify: The presence of a lump in the breast associated with axillary (armpit) lymph node enlargement is worrisome for breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes. However, lumps don't develop in the breast due to enlarged lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Can a breast lump removal cause lymph nodes along neck to swell?

Can a breast lump removal cause lymph nodes along neck to swell?

HIghly unlikely: If done with sterile precautions. However, the armpit lymph nodes connect to those along the sub clavicle vein nodes and then into the neck. If the lump was cancer, you will need to have sentinel nodes checked, and if these neck nodes do not subside, they too need biopsy. ...Read more

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Is it ever that a breast lump removal cause lymph nodes on the neck to swell?

Is it ever that a breast lump removal cause lymph nodes on the neck to swell?

Not likely: Because the lymph drainage from the breast is to axillary and internal mammary (inside the chest near the breast bone) lymph nodes. There might be something else going on. Consult surgeon who did your lump removal. ...Read more

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What to do if I could feel a lymph node under my arm and also a lump in my breast I'm 19?

What to do if I could feel a lymph node under my arm and also a lump in my breast I'm 19?

Cancer unlikely: A lump in a young woman's breast is likely a benign fibrous adenoma and a lymph node in the same woman is likely a reaction to a minor infection from a small injury from shaving. Having said that a doctor should review the situation and determine if any further diagnostic procedures like mammogram, ultrasound, and fine needle aspiration are warranted. ...Read more

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4year ago had palpable lump in breast, 2us 2mamg showed mammmary lymph node. Now I'm 5w pg: breasts feels lumpier and lymph node hurts. Hormones?

4year ago had palpable lump in breast, 2us 2mamg showed mammmary lymph node. Now I'm 5w pg: breasts feels lumpier and lymph node hurts. Hormones?

Likely yes: Benign breast lumps do occur and can become sensitive or tender with hormonal changes or pregnancy. See your gynecologist for an examination to be sure. ...Read more

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Was rather obsessively checking my breasts & armpits for lumps - now I can feel what I think is a small lymph node. Could I have caused it to enlarge?

Was rather obsessively checking my breasts & armpits for lumps - now I can feel what I think is a small lymph node. Could I have caused it to enlarge?

Unlikely: Do not check it more often than once in two weeks. If it doubles in size or other lymph nodes get larger, see doctor.
For good health - If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Had breast MRI, family history. A lump they think its benign lymph node. Right away they want to do a mammogram. Why would they do it if its that?

Had breast MRI, family history. A lump they think its benign lymph node. Right away they want to do a mammogram. Why would they do it if its that?

Mam may prove it: An MRI cannot always tell a lymph node from a tumor, including cancer. A lymph node and some tumors light up intensely after contrast is injected. But a lymph node on a mammogram may have the classic appearance of a lymph node and if it is in the same place in the breast as the "lump" seen on the MRI the answer will be clear. Note: if you have a prior mammogram have them compare with this one! ...Read more

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Lump on left breast for 4 weeks - feels on surface, not "in" breast. No visible skin changes, or changes to breast shape. Also enlarged left supraclavicular lymph node. Only 23 - is cancer possible?

Possible: Persistent breast lumps, regardless of age, should be aggressively evaluated. See your primary physician for referral to a surgeon, a breast center for mammogram and possible ultrasound with biopsy if required. No more waiting- get acting. ...Read more

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With reference to breast cancer, if a solid lump is present in the armpit area (lymph node), does it matter if it is itchy or not?

With reference to breast cancer, if a solid lump is present in the armpit area (lymph node), does it matter if it is itchy or not?

Go see your doctor: If a solid lump is present in your axilla (the arm pit area), it does not matter if it is itchy or not, you need to go see your doctor right away for an evaluation. Breast cancer tends to travel to the axilla, but other cancer can also present as a solid lump in the armpit too, such as lymphoma. ...Read more

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Same breast lump 5plus years. Fluctuates in size during cycle Dr said granular tissue&fibrocystic changes. Can breast tissue feel like a lump? Worried

Same breast lump 5plus years. Fluctuates in size during cycle Dr said granular tissue&fibrocystic changes. Can breast tissue feel like a lump? Worried

Breast tissue: Doesn't, but your description is showing fluctuation in the size of the cystic changes, and possible solid component called a fibroma. Keep checking with your doctor and if grows needs to be rechecked, even if stable in the past. ...Read more

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I have a breast lump on the outer right, by the year 2009 I have undergone mammogram and found out the size was 4/4/10mm. Is there any cure for this?

I have a breast lump on the outer right, by the year 2009 I have undergone mammogram and found out the size was 4/4/10mm. Is there any cure for this?

Lumps are not always: Even no cancerous, benign lumps can grow. If not already done, you should have a clinical evaluation and an ultrasound. Don't assume this is cancer. If the mass is solid it should be biopsies - preferred method: core biopsy. ...Read more

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How do I remove a 4cm size breast lump?

How do I remove a 4cm size breast lump?

Lumpectomy is a...: ...Minor outpatient operation often performed under twilight anesthesia. Important considerations include the type of lump (benign vs malignant), its location in the breast, & the size of the lump relative to the breast. Oncoplastic surgery involves applying plastic surgical approaches to cancer surgery to reach the most aesthetic results. Be sure and ask your surgeon about this. ...Read more

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Can there be a typical size of a cancerous breast lump?

No set size: Ideally, a breast cancer is found before you can feel it. This is usually done via screening mammograms. If a lump is found, it needs to be further examined with mammograms to see if other lumps are present and some kind of biopsy to determine if it is a cancer. ...Read more

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What could my breast lump be? It is oval with a horizontal point, about the same size as a green grape, movable, and sore to touch.

At your age, cancer: Is uncommon, although possible. It could be a cyst or a benign tumor. Every breast lump could be cancer, so show it to a doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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I hv breast lump since 3 yrs. Now I feel pain in breast and armpit. Usg showed fibrodenoma of 8mm, prolactin is high. Can cancer remain same size? 26age

I hv breast lump since 3 yrs. Now I feel pain in breast and armpit. Usg showed fibrodenoma of 8mm, prolactin is high. Can cancer remain same size? 26age

Rare: It is rare for breast cancers to remain the same size for 3 yrs. You situation can be explained by the elevated prolactin level, which will cause breast swelling and tenderness. Cause for high prolactin include certain medications, brain tumors, and othe4rr glands not working well. ...Read more

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What kind of breast lump (found by GP along with swollen lymph node) would not show up on US or mammo? Scans showed I have very dense breast tissue.

What kind of breast lump (found by GP along with swollen lymph node) would not show up on US or mammo? Scans showed I have very dense breast tissue.

Neither: Mammography nor ultrasound are 100% accurate for detecting cancer. In particular, the sensitivity of mammo can drop to lower than 50% in dense breasts. A small percentage of cancers are found only on physical exam, and not seen on mammo or US. However, the chance of a lump being cancer in the setting of a negative mammo and ultrasound is low, approx. 0.5%-3%. ...Read more

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Breast lump and axillary lymph node biopsy scheduled in 9 days. New lymph nodes in groin and sever pain in breast do I need to have the biopsy sooner?

Progression: Please call both your regular doc and your surgeon with this change. Nodes developing in other areas and the breast lump possibly increasing in size needs to be evaluated in the next few days. ...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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I am experiencing breast lump (quality: mobile or moveable lump, fixed lump).

See doctor: You need an examination and a little more history such as how long have you had the lump and changes in size or shape. Get checked out so you are less stressed ...Read more

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How can I gain weight after breast lump surgery?

How can I gain weight after breast lump surgery?

Unrelated: A lumpectomy is an out-patient operation usually under twilight anesthesia; it usually takes about 30 minutes. It should have no effect on weight gain. ...Read more

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Help with breast lump! What is diagnostic imaging?

Help with breast lump! What is diagnostic imaging?

Any X-ray 2 help see: Diagnostic imaging is any radiologic or other intervention used to help image the breast and establish a diagnosis. This includes x-ray, xeromaography, ultrasound, ct scan, mri, pet scan, etc. ...Read more