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Doctor insights on: Percentage Of Benign Breast Lumps

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If I had cancer in 3 lumps in my breast and 6 of the lymn nodes also percentage that it has spread to other organs?

If I had cancer in 3 lumps in my breast and 6 of the lymn nodes also percentage that it has spread to other organs?

Lets Define "Spread": Cancer cells may often be present in other organs, esp w/lymph node + disease, but we can't always see it using routine tests (ct, bone scans, pet scans). This microscopic "spread" is often amenable to treatment--chemotherapy--the success of that rx is dependent upon your cancer's unique molecular "fingerprint". Please talk to your oncologist to understand the best options for your cancer rx.

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What percentage of women who have lumps in their breasts are diagnosed with breast cancer after being scanned?

What percentage of women who have lumps in their breasts are diagnosed with breast cancer after being scanned?

Not very high: Majority of lumps (not masses) are lumpy breast with areas of thickness are not malignant, but biopsy is needed not to miss a cancer, about 20% of time they will be malignant.

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Why do benign breast lumps need a close clinical follow-up?

Why do benign breast lumps need a close clinical follow-up?

Important: Most breast cysts are benign, however some can mask other problems so they need to be monitored to asses for changes. Solid lumps likewise are largely benign, but they are more likely than cysts to develop into something more worrisome

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Can benign breast lumps cause the shape of your breast to change? Can it still be benign if shape changes occur?

Can benign breast lumps cause the shape of your breast to change? Can it still be benign if shape changes occur?

Benign breast issue: If they are large enough, benign breast lumps can change your breast shape. Even if shape changes occur that does not necessarily mean that the lump is cancerous.

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What are common types of benign (non-cancerous) breast lumps?

What are common types of benign (non-cancerous) breast lumps?

Cysts, fibroadenomas: Cysts and fibroadenomas are the most common benign lumps. But if someone feels a lump it is best to see a breast disease specialist and get a mammogram and a directed ultrasound of the lump. It is not possible to determine what it is based on size, how it feels, and age of person.

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How do I know if breast lumps are benign or malignant?

How do I know if breast lumps are benign or malignant?

See a doctor: By yourself, you cannot tell if a breast lump is benign or not. Is it new or changing? Painful or not? You really must see a doctor for a physical examination & likely mammogram and/or breast ultrasound. Do not try to guess yourself without a doctor's exam.

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Are all lumps in the breast diagnosed as cancer? Can some lumps be benign?

Are all lumps in the breast diagnosed as cancer? Can some lumps be benign?

Breast lumps: Not all breast lumps or masses are malignant. Breast lumps/masses should be evaluated by a doctor and biopsied, if necessary, to see what they are and treat them accordingly.

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Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time?

Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time?

Yes: Benign tumors do in fact grow but rather slowly, compared to malignant tumors. The main difference is that benign tumors will not kill you. If left untrated malignant tumors will eventualy kill you some sooner and others a little later. How fast they grow will determine how soon. Hope that helps you

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Age 30- fibrocystic breasts. How can doctor tell by just feeling that lumps are benign?

Age 30- fibrocystic breasts. How can doctor tell by just feeling that lumps are benign?

Mammogram better.: Hello, Yes a physician can have an impression of a benign breast vs. A malignancy. However, Mammogram would have a greater more definite screening than manual exam alone. Also the breast, if fibrocystic may interfere with what we can feel with our hands. The patient also has an impression about her own body and is a reliable source in determining a change in the nature of the breast tissue.

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Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time? What do they feel like?

Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time? What do they feel like?

Yes: However, they do not have any particular consistency that reliably identify them. Definite lumps, whether palpated or identified on any of the breast studies should usually be biopsied. Lumps that grow quickly and are sensitive may be only cysts and can be drained if necessary.

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Could benign breast lumps attach to skin or muscle?

Could benign breast lumps attach to skin or muscle?

Unlikely: Infiltration of skin and deep muscle is a sign of advanced breast cancer as is involvement of lymph nodes.

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S having multiple lumps found in your breast and arm pit a cause concern even if they keep coming back benign...?

S having multiple lumps found in your breast and arm pit a cause concern even if they keep coming back benign...?

Possibly: The critical detail in my opinion is whether the benign diagnosis explains the multiple lumps in your breast and armpit. I agree with what has been stated in that just because one lump is benign, does not mean the others are, as well. Clinical, radiographic and pathologic correlation of all findings is mandatory.

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Is it possible for some benign breast lumps to appear before menstrual cycle and disappear during or afterwards?

Absolutely: Benign fibrocystic tissue in the breast cycles with you menses and can feel like a lump in the breast that goes away after your period. Some breast cysts are cyclical as well. See your doctor for a breast exam to confirm that this is benign tissue and not something else.

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What does a benign high density lesion of 5mm in the right breast on mammography indicate? Physically no lumps observed. This is for my mother aged 40

What does a benign high density lesion of 5mm in the right breast on mammography indicate? Physically no lumps observed. This is for my mother aged 40

Probably benign: I presume from your question that the radiologist reading the mammogram felt that the density likely was benign. You would not expect to feel a 5mm lesion unless it was just beneath the skin in the breast. If the density looks benign but is a new finding, a followup mammogram should be done in 4 to 6 months to be sure it is not growing. If there is any concern at all, it should be biopsied.

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Hi. I am breastfeeding. I had needle biopsy for 2 lumps in my breast. They were benign but after biopsy I had mastitis. Is this normal? Thank you

Hi. I am breastfeeding. I had needle biopsy for 2 lumps in my breast. They were benign but after biopsy I had mastitis. Is this normal? Thank you

There is a slight: Chance of infection following breast needle biopsies (and any procedure puncturing the skin), probably less than 1%. It is a known complication, it is not "normal", but unfortunately it occasionally occurs.

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Can a dr kind of tell whether a lump in the breast is worrisome or not? And if my dr thinks its benign why she send me for u/s

Can a dr kind of tell whether a lump in the breast is worrisome or not? And if my dr thinks its benign why she send me for u/s

Sometimes: Some lumps are definitely concerning, others not so much. The ultrasound is for confirmation, since none of us have x-ray vision or know every answer.

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Should a breast lump be concerning if it is benign?

Should a breast lump be concerning if it is benign?

No: Most benign breast lumps are fibromas or cysts.

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They found a breast lump but studies show it is benign. Can I get it removed anyway?

Yes: You can either have a needle biopsy to find out what it is or a surgeon can remove it if it becomes a worry to you.

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What does benign to malignancy mean in terms of breast lump?

What does benign to malignancy mean in terms of breast lump?

No cancer vs. Cancer: Benign is non-cancerous and this breast lump can be observed or left alone. Malignant is cancerous and needs surgical excision of the cancer and consideration of medical oncology and radiation oncology treatments. There are many types of benign breast lumps, and several types of breast cancers.

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Found a lump on my breast but I am breastfeeding, what's the possibilities of a benign cancer?

Found a lump on my breast but I am breastfeeding, what's the possibilities of a benign cancer?

Usually benign lump: Women who are breastfeeding may find lumps in their breast and this can be scary. When in doubt always have it checked by your doctor. The vast majority of cases are due to plugged ducts that could lead to an infection like mastitis or even an abscess. Proper nutrition, hygiene, hydration and rest helps prevent plugging of milk ducts. Http://www.pregnancy-info. Net/breast-lumps-while-breastfeeding.

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