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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have a lump in my breast that I had biopsied last year and it was benign but the doctors just tagged it and left it there. But the problem is that sometimes it feels larger than usual and it hurts, can you tell me what this is and if it can become cancerous?
Doctor :   Hi
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Doctor :   I am r4eading ur query
User :   hi
User :   I have a lump in my breast that I had biopsied last year and it was benign but the doctors just tagged it and left it there. But the problem is that sometimes it feels larger than usual and it hurts, can you tell me what this is and if it can become cancerous?
Doctor :   You mean the doctor biopsied the lump but did not take out the lump
Doctor :   Am I right?
User :   correct
Doctor :   May I know you age /marital status
User :   41/widowed
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Did you had mammogram after one year
User :   no, no insurance
Doctor :   DO you have any discharge from nipple
Doctor :   DO u notice any changes on the skin. ]
User :   yes but that was occuring for a long time before the lump appeared.
User :   I had that checked out years ago and was told it was "no big deal."
Doctor :   but not now
User :   yes I still do
Doctor :   DO you have any discharge from nipple now>?
User :   not spontaneously
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Is it bloody
Doctor :   or yteallo
User :   nope its like green or gray
Doctor :   *yellow
User :   not yellow ever
Doctor :   OK
User :   or bloody
Doctor :   I recommned you i
Doctor :   * I recommend you to have a mammogram ASAP
User :   because?
Doctor :   Mammogram is basic screening test to detect cancer
User :   but they said it was benign, Im wondering if it can become cancerous?
Doctor :   still after 40 years of age, everybody needs mammogram every year
Doctor :   and in your case , because there is a lump
Doctor :   Even though it is biopsied one year ago, there will be lot of changes in the same lump
User :   what kind of "changes"
Doctor :   There is only one word ..is it cancer or not.
Doctor :   Diies the tumor becoming cancer or not?
Doctor :   *does
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   yes
User :   I dont understand what your saying here. can a benign tumor turn cancerous?
Doctor :   Yes it can.
User :   wouldnt they remove it if it was a potential threat?
Doctor :   or Other parts of breast can have some changes consistent with cancer
Doctor :   If the tumor is very big they will remove it
User :   so I should get a mamogram to make sure its still benign? and then what? watch it for the rest of my life?
Doctor :   But if the tumot is small , protocol is just do mammogram and make sure it is not getting cancerous
User :   its 5cm but sometimes it like swells up like when I'm stress out and then it will eventually go back down....
User :   yes correct
Doctor :   Yes, you need to have the physical examination of breast and to look for other masses
Doctor :   and You need to have mammogram to make sure this lump and other parts have no cancer suspicious areas
Doctor :   You need to get these done every year
User :   ok I will do that asap. thank you Doctor
Doctor :   Did I answer all you queries?
User :   pretty much. thank you
Doctor :   Mammogram saves amny lives
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