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What Percentage Of Breast Lumps Are Cancerous
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?
Usually not possible: To tell. It is generally not feasible to tell if a lump is cancerous. However, hard lumps that are fixed to the skin or chest wall are likely to be cancer, however, lumps without these characteristics can still be cancerous. If you have a lump in your breast, please see your doctor for examination and may be mammogram. ...Read more
I feel movable lumps on my breasts. Is it possible that they are cancerous? I'm just 21 yrs old. They don't hurt when i move them.
Yes: Lumps can be caused by cysts and benign solid lesions such as fibroadenomas. The only way to tell the difference between these and cancers is to get mammograms and ultrasound examinations of the lumpy areas. When there is still a question, a needle biopsy or aspiration is done to make sure. ...Read more
I don't know the difference between "normal" breast lumps and cancerous ones. When should I become concerned?
Hard to tell: It is hard to tell which lumps are benign and which ones are cancer on physical exam. It is best for women to perform monthly breast exams and to know what their breasts feel like. If there are lumps, i tell my patients "know your lumps". If there is a change in the exam on a monthly basis, then you need to see your doctor. The only way to know for sure if lump is cancer is through testing and biopsy. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not a change from : One to the other. Breast lumps are either cancer or not cancer. Non-cancerous lumps usually do not become cancerous. The proportion of lumps that are cancer varies with the age and other risk factors. See this site for more information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003155.htm. ...Read more
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