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Breast tumor shows up on ultrasound. Can it be bad if no one had felt it?
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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Need bx to be sure
Ultrasound characteristics can suggest benign versus malignant in appearance but the most definitive diagnosis is always made by a pathology evaluation of a tissue sample (core needle biopsy).
Ultrasound is an extension of the physical examination allowing one to get additional information about an area palpated or seen on other imaging (i.e. Mmgs, bmri) that may be too small or deep to be felt.

In brief: Need bx to be sure
Ultrasound characteristics can suggest benign versus malignant in appearance but the most definitive diagnosis is always made by a pathology evaluation of a tissue sample (core needle biopsy).
Ultrasound is an extension of the physical examination allowing one to get additional information about an area palpated or seen on other imaging (i.e. Mmgs, bmri) that may be too small or deep to be felt.
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Could be
Our fingers in general can feel something that is approximately around 1cm or more.
Smaller lesions-especially if that is located really deep inside the breast'd be harder to feel. That is why screening mammogram is needed to be done. Whether it is bad or not- that will depend on different factors - not only just the size. Follow up is a must. If that looks suspicious, a biopsy will be needed.

In brief: Could be
Our fingers in general can feel something that is approximately around 1cm or more.
Smaller lesions-especially if that is located really deep inside the breast'd be harder to feel. That is why screening mammogram is needed to be done. Whether it is bad or not- that will depend on different factors - not only just the size. Follow up is a must. If that looks suspicious, a biopsy will be needed.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology
In brief: Yes
Both malignancies and benign lesions start out small and grow.
Size (by itself) cannot discriminate between benign and malignant breast lesions. Radiographic characteristics can point you in the right direction, but one needs a tissue biopsy to be sure.

In brief: Yes
Both malignancies and benign lesions start out small and grow.
Size (by itself) cannot discriminate between benign and malignant breast lesions. Radiographic characteristics can point you in the right direction, but one needs a tissue biopsy to be sure.
Dr. Barry Kahn
Dr. Barry Kahn
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