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Percentage Of Benign Breast Lumps
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. ...Read more
What percentage of women who have lumps in their breasts are diagnosed with breast cancer after being scanned?
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 ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Unlikely: Infiltration of skin and deep muscle is a sign of advanced breast cancer as is involvement of lymph nodes. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
No: Most benign breast lumps are fibromas or cysts. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Rarely: Breast cancer surgeons have learned a lot from our plastic surgery colleagues and now try to apply many of the same principles that they follow with breast surgery so that we can, first and foremost, remove what we need to, but do so with minimal aesthetic changes. Of course, the size of the tumor relative to the breast and it's location will have an effect, but most patients have minimal changes. ...Read more
Not usually: The breast is a very forgiving organ with respect to post surgical changes provided that your surgeon follows a few simple rules. The tumor does not belong in your breast, therefore you should not have a loss of normal breast tissue. Scars can be hidden around the edge of the areola or under the breast. Please address this with your surgeon before surgery. ...Read more
Usually not: Benign or malignant, the lump created by a tumor "does not belong" in the breast; it's removal should theoretically return the breast to normal. The degree of deformity created by surgery depends on the amout of normal tissue disrupted & the location of the incision. An experienced breast surgeon can do this operation with minimal cosmetic deformity. We even have a name for it: oncoplastics. ...Read more
Should be minimal: Unless the benign breast lump is very large or the breast is very small, proper removal of a benign lump usually causes little deformity. In my experience, removing lesions from the upper, inner quadrant of the breast is more prone to some deformity but it should be minimal if performed by an experienced breast surgeon. ...Read more
Is it normal to feel a tiny lump after a breast biopsy where they put the metal clip in? Biopsy came back benign.
Clip: Biopsy clips, when close to the surface, can frequently be felt. Scar tissue can develop as well, which can be detected as a small lump. ...Read more
Had breast biopsy 2 months ago that was benign lactational changes. I feel like I can feel a tiny lump there now --can this be the clip they put in?
Breast lump: This could be either the clip, scarring, or a combination of both. Based upon your description and age, the chances of this being cancer seems low. It will be important to follow up with your physician in order to ensure that it is behaving appropriately for one of these benign conditions. ...Read more
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