Is having a small lump inside my breast a sign of breast cancer?

Many Possibilities. In my surgical practice, the most common cause of a well-defined breast lump is a cyst. This can easily be differentiated from a tumor by ultrasound or needle aspiration. If the lump is solid, it may be due to a benign tumor (ie, fibroadenoma) or a cancer; the only way to determine this is by tissue diagnosis, which can usually be done by needle-biopsy in the office or breast center.

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Other than lumps what are other signs of breast cancer?

Thus. Retraction of the nipple, abnormal nipple discharges, dimpling or redness of the skin, and more rarely pain can be symptoms of breast cancer but a painless lump would be more common. Remember that prognosis is better with early stage so it's important to do your regular age and risk appropriate screenings so that if there's cancer, it can be found before any symptom develops. Read more...

How do I tell if the small lump on my breast is breast cancer?

See a doctor. By yourself, you cannot tell if a breast lump is benign or not. Is it new or changing? Painful or not? You really must see a doctor for a physical examination & likely mammogram and/or breast ultrasound. Do not try to guess yourself without a doctor's exam. Read more...
Need 2 C Ur Doctor. It is difficult if not impossible to differentiate a benign breast tumor from a malignant one by exam alone. At your age an ultrasound may be very helpful; ultimately, a (needle) biopsy under local anesthesia in an office setting is the most definitive diagnostic method. I advise you to see your doctor for the appropriate direction. Read more...

Small lump/spot on breast, do I have breast cancer?

Unknown. Without an exam it is hard to answer your question. A spot or lump on or in the breast can be benign or cancerous. It is best that you see your doctor for a physical exam and the proper testing to determine if the lesion you are worried about is cancer or not. Read more...

What are signs that a lump could be breast cancer?

Signs+symptoms. The signs and symptoms of breast cancer include: a lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle; change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast; blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple; change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed). New lump - see your doc. Read more...
Hard to Tell. It is very difficult to distinguish a benign breast lump from a cancer by exam alone, for patient and doctor. In general, cancers tend to be rock-hard, 3-dimensionally round, and can feel "fixed" within the breast. 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) biopsy. Read more...
Signs. A lump is a lump, but a lump that is associated with skin puckering or dimpling, nipple inversion, bloody nipple discharge, or palpable bulky underarm lymph nodes is highly suspicious for cancer. Read more...

Does a breast cancer lump usually feel like a single ball or a small clump of balls?

Single ball. When a breast cancer is palpable, it often feels like a 3-dimensionally round, rock-hard, fixed lump distinctly different than normal rubbery, lumpy-bumpy breast tissue. Read more...
Depends. It can be a single lump but not always. If you have concerns, only a doctor and breast images with a possible need biopsy can make a definitive diagnosis. Read more...