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When I touch my nipple I feel something hard and round. Is it likely to be cancer?

When I touch my nipple I feel something hard and round. Is it likely to be cancer?

It's possible.: While i would like to be more helpful, it's simply too difficult to draw too many conclusions from your question. Any new breast lump should be evaluated by a physician, sometimes requiring other tests such as a mammogram, ultrasound, and/or a biopsy, before reaching a definitive diagnosis. I urge you to make an appointment with your primary care physician or gynecologist. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Flat firm lump above nipple on inside of breast. Tender when touched. slightly moves. Call into Dr but nervous. Cancer?

Flat firm lump above nipple on inside of breast.  Tender when touched.  slightly moves. Call into Dr but nervous. Cancer?

Biopsy may be needed: Your doctor needs to examine you. Usually a small breast cancer isn't painful or tender. It may just be an infection. But your doctor needs to examine you and determine whether a biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Under my nipple my breast is sore to the touch and i mean hard to wear bra or anything. I have had a hyst. In 2008 so i know it could it be a sign of cancer my aunt had breast cancer and my mom cervical cancer

Hello. : Hello. First off, i want to let you know that i cannot tell you the reason for your nipple soreness. A common reason for nipple pain is skin abrasion from friction. This can be due to a bra that doesn’t fit well or physical activity with a bra that is not adequately supportive or physical activity (like bouncing) without a bra. It doesn't really sound like this, since you were specific that the pain is deep to the nipple if this were the cause it should clear up within a couple of days. Other causes can be an abscess, infection of the duct, inflammation of the duct or possibly cancer. If you have redness, heat, swelling, a lump, bloody nipple discharge, fever or chills or the skin is cracking, then you should contact your doctor now. Take care. ...Read more

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Pain on my left nipple but only when i touch it. I'm a guy. Could it be breast cancer?

Pain on my left nipple but only when i touch it. I'm a guy. Could it be breast cancer?

Depending on age: Gynecomastia can be common, benign, related to medication, smoking marijuana, or a sign of another cancer (testis), so you need to be examined. Breast cancer in men is possible, but not the most common for a painful breast/nipple enlargement. Go get checked out. ...Read more

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If a 16-year-old man has a hard lump inside his nipple does that mean he has cancer?

If a 16-year-old man has a hard lump inside his nipple does that mean he has cancer?

Not necessarily: Hormonal changes in this age group can cause gynecomastia which is swelling of breast tissue. See your doctor for an examination to confirm. ...Read more

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Pain in both breasts, especially right breast and new bumps on nipple how likely is this to be cancer and what else could it be?

Pain in both breasts, especially right breast and new bumps on nipple how likely is this to be cancer and what else could it be?

Physiologic: Pain in cycle with your periods? This does not sound like breast cancer. Pain is not a normal symptom of breast cancer. This is the breast tissue responding to the hormones in your body related to your cycle. ...Read more

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Excluding cancer what could cause a small hard breast lump (mext to nipple) in a 39 yo male?

Excluding cancer what could cause a small hard breast lump (mext to nipple) in a 39 yo male?

Cysts, fibroadenoma: Cysts and fibroadenomas are two non-cancerous breast masses that can be found in men. Although male breast cancers only account for 1% of all breast cancers, a suspicious mass should always be evaluated. Your lump should be evaluated with a combination of physical exam, mammography and ultrasound as necessary. Please follow up with your PCP. ...Read more

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Hard and solid lump under my right nipple. Is this breast cancer?

Hard and solid lump under my right nipple. Is this breast cancer?

Could be. see MD now: Absolutely, it is possible to be a cancer. Need to see your doctor. You doctor can examine the lump-and further tests would need to be done accordingly that would include- mammogram/sonogram and biopsy of the lump. Please see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Baby has 1 hard lump behind left nipple. Left nipple is inverted. Just noticed 2 weeks ago. Lump might be getting bigger. Almost 4 months. Cancer?

Baby has 1 hard lump behind left nipple. Left nipple is inverted. Just noticed 2 weeks ago. Lump might be getting bigger. Almost 4 months. Cancer?

No: Breast cancer does not occur in young children. Rather the breast has not developed at a young age and behind the nipple the precursor tissue or breast bud is noted. In some it is larger than others but still is the source from which the breast grows. To many cases or biopsy not realizing the significance of the lump has removed all potential for breast development in the future. ...Read more

Tactile (Definition)

Pleural fremitus is a palpable vibration of the wall of the thorax caused by friction between the parietal and visceral pleura of the lungs. See pleural friction rub for the auditory ...Read more


Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more