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How to tell if it's a breast cancer or other lump?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Biopsy

It often requires a biopsy, needle or open, or fine needle aspirate to differentiate a benign lump from cancer.
Please consult your doctor.

In brief: Biopsy

It often requires a biopsy, needle or open, or fine needle aspirate to differentiate a benign lump from cancer.
Please consult your doctor.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Barbara Hummel
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Breast mass

Other than a biopsy of the lump there is no guaranteed way of telling is something is a cancer or not.
Mammogram, ultrasound or breast MRI may indicate the lump has a higher risk of cancer because of shape, calcifications within the lump or reaction around it but none of those are a sure way to diagnose it. Biopsy is still the only way to really diagnose it.

In brief: Breast mass

Other than a biopsy of the lump there is no guaranteed way of telling is something is a cancer or not.
Mammogram, ultrasound or breast MRI may indicate the lump has a higher risk of cancer because of shape, calcifications within the lump or reaction around it but none of those are a sure way to diagnose it. Biopsy is still the only way to really diagnose it.
Dr. Barbara Hummel
Dr. Barbara Hummel
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
3 doctors agree

In brief: Exam

With mammogram and ultrasound.

In brief: Exam

With mammogram and ultrasound.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Martin Raff
And with biopsy when appropriate.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: See your doctor

It is very difficult to distinguish a benign breast lump from a cancer for patient and doctor. Depending upon age and physical examination findings, we will often get a mammogram and ultrasound to help evaluate a breast lump, sometimes culminating in a (nonsurgical) needle-biopsy--ultimately, the only way to be 100% certain is to look at the tissue under the microscope.

In brief: See your doctor

It is very difficult to distinguish a benign breast lump from a cancer for patient and doctor. Depending upon age and physical examination findings, we will often get a mammogram and ultrasound to help evaluate a breast lump, sometimes culminating in a (nonsurgical) needle-biopsy--ultimately, the only way to be 100% certain is to look at the tissue under the microscope.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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