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What does a malignant breast lump feel like?

What does a malignant breast lump feel like?

Varies: Many small breast cancers cannot be felt on a physical exam. Larger cancers can be a new, firm, hard, painless breast lump. Can be very hard to tell yourself ; any breast lumps need to be evaluated by a physician ; mammogram. ...Read more

Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more


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What are the chances of a malignant breast lump decreasing?

What are the chances of a malignant breast lump decreasing?

Biopsy?: Have you had a biopsy and been diagnosed with cancer? Cancerous lumps do not decrease, as my collegue replied in his answer. You could have a fluid filled cyst in the breast that can decrease in size and often times disappear altogether. I recommend you get evaluated by a physician to get a correct answer and diagnose your problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the manifestations/symptoms if you have a malignant breast lump?

What are the manifestations/symptoms if you have a malignant breast lump?

Breast CA Symptoms: Most women diagnosed with breast cancer have no symptoms, having been diagnosed by routine screening mammography. For those with symptoms, the presence of a palpable lump is by far the most common. Other symptoms include skin dimpling, thickening, or redness, nipple inversion, nipple discharge, breat pain, and/or the presence of a lump in the armpit. Best bet for diagnosis: yearly mammograms! ...Read more

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How can I tell if a breast lump is malignant or not?

How can I tell if a breast lump is malignant or not?

Evaluation: The only way to tell is to have it evaluated. This could include mammogram, ultrasound, needle biopsy, or surgical biopsy. ...Read more

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Will a benign breast lump become malignant or cancerous?

Will a benign breast lump become malignant or cancerous?

It depends: There are many different kinds of benign tumors in the breast. Hyperplasia, dysplasia, dcis and lcis are known to progress to cancer. It is more rare with other benign lumps. ...Read more

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I'm 46 and had a core biopsy for a large breast lump. The diagnosis was fibroadenoma. Will it ever turn malignant?

I'm 46 and had a core biopsy for a large breast lump. The diagnosis was fibroadenoma. Will it ever turn malignant?

NO: Generally fibroadenomas are benign tumors that predcominantly occur in younger females of childbearing age. In and of themselves, they do not transform into malignant lesions. This is determined by other factors such as family history, genetic testing, calcfications, cellular atypia, etc. That will be a part of a complete hsitory and physical examination, . ...Read more

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What does a breast lump feel like compared to a cyst?

What does a breast lump feel like compared to a cyst?

No different: It is impossible to differentiate a solid lump from a cyst by exam alone. However, it is easy to differentiate them by ultrasound or needle-aspiration. Never assume a new lump is "just another cyst"--see your doctor for any new breat lump. ...Read more

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What should a breast lump feel like?

"Different": Feeling for a lump in an organ that by it's very nature is lumpy-bumpy can be very confusing; usually, it's not a question of whether you can find a lump as much as how many. However, cancers often feel distinctly different than normal breast tissue: rock-hard (like it is made of concrete rather than rubber), 3-dimensionally round (rather than pancake- or cigar-shaped), and fixed w/in the breast. ...Read more

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What does a breast lump feel like when you're looking for it?

What does a breast lump feel like when you're looking for it?

A nodule,marble.BB: May descriptors - just something different that you feel in your own exam of your breasts . Many women already have cobble-stoning, oatmeal -cottage cheese granular or----- larger pancakes of fibrosis " feel" to their breasts it is a change in that "feel" that we want you find. Something that comes up and does not recede after your menstrual cycle whether a bb, marble, or popcorn kernel. ...Read more

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What does it feel like if a breast lump is mobile- as it's difficult to tell when it's deep in your breast?

What does it feel like if a breast lump is mobile- as it's difficult to tell when it's deep in your breast?

Is it different?: Your job is to identify a change in your breast, not to figure out whether the new lump is worrisome or not. As soon as you find a new "thing", please see a doctor or other provider who can determine whether it needs further evaluation! you are right, lumps that are deeper in the breast are more difficult to identify. For this reason an ultrasound may well be appropriate. Could just be a cyst. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Lump (Definition)

Breast lump describes any lump found in the breast. A breast lump may be something benign, such as a small cyst, or something serious, ...Read more