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Is it possible to tell of benign breast tumor from cancer by feel?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

While some lumps may feel more worrisome to a trained professional, it is easy to get fooled.
The only way to differentiate a benign lump from a malignant one is by looking at tissue under a microscope, a biopsy. This can be safely and easily performed under local anesthesia either in your breast doctor's office or a breast center.

In brief: No

While some lumps may feel more worrisome to a trained professional, it is easy to get fooled.
The only way to differentiate a benign lump from a malignant one is by looking at tissue under a microscope, a biopsy. This can be safely and easily performed under local anesthesia either in your breast doctor's office or a breast center.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

No, you can not tell whether it is benign or malignant tumor by feeling the tumor. Only biopsy and direct visualization under microscope are the only thing that can differentiate whether it is benign or malignant.

In brief: No

No, you can not tell whether it is benign or malignant tumor by feeling the tumor. Only biopsy and direct visualization under microscope are the only thing that can differentiate whether it is benign or malignant.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Can be difficult

There are features that suggest cancer rather than a benign mass such as hardness, lack of mobility, irregularity, and proximity to other structures.
Most cancer cannot even be felt. Mammography, ultrasound, or MRI can also suggest a cancer, but only a biopsy of the tissue can determine that for sure.

In brief: Can be difficult

There are features that suggest cancer rather than a benign mass such as hardness, lack of mobility, irregularity, and proximity to other structures.
Most cancer cannot even be felt. Mammography, ultrasound, or MRI can also suggest a cancer, but only a biopsy of the tissue can determine that for sure.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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