Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
169 Doctors are Online

Concerned about a painless lump in the breast - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Very Good Posted in: Breast Cancer
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 40 Questions
User :   On Sunday evening I found a lump in my left breast that is hard as a rock and doesn't move (I've tried) and it is hard to figure out how big it is because I can't find the edges of it on one side so it doesn't appear to be round. It doesn't hurt at all and I don't know what made me check but I did. I just finished my period so don't think it is related to that; I'm 34 years old with a 5 & 6 year old. I went to the doctor on Monday who agreed that it was a lump and wanted me to get a mammogram and ultrasound done as soon as I could get in at the local breast cancer center. Unfortunately, it isn't until next Wednesday so I am left worried until then. What else could it be? I know the odds are definitely in my favor since I am still young. What is the difference between a breast cancer center for a test versus a regular x-ray location like most of my friends have gone to; she wants me to go to a breast center.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hellow
User :   Nice to meet you
Doctor :   Let me read the query
User :   OK
Doctor :   It is important for every female to rule out breast cancer
Doctor :   if she presents with a lump
Doctor :   Normal Xray is different from Mammogram
Doctor :   Mammogram can assess several other features or changes of the breast that possibly detect the early changes of in the process of cancer
User :   What other types of things could it be besides a malignancy? I'm guessing not a cyst since it is hard and doesn't move
Doctor :   One cannot determine the consistency of a lump by themselves
Doctor :   The other possibility that I can think of is Adenoma
Doctor :   Fibroadenoma the most common cause of lump
Doctor :   in the breast
User :   Does that fit all of the signs of the lump that I have?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   But the non mobility is the only sign that is going against it
Doctor :   Because fibroadenoma moves
Doctor :   I have another questions
Doctor :   Do you have a family history of breast cancer?
User :   No, there is no family history of breast cancer
User :   I do have Lupus though and was on Methotrexate for over a year
Doctor :   What is the size of the lump
User :   It is hard to say the size because one of the sides is hard to differentiate but I would say smaller than a grape but bigger than a raisin
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I think you just have to go for an Mammogram and Ultrasound
Doctor :   It is because the people are trained only to detect if there are early changes
User :   I am scheduled to go Wednesday the 1st of December. My doctor gave me the name of two places and told me to go with whichever could get me in first.
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   That is normal for the doctor for early recognition of changes if any
User :   OK, is there a risk at my age of 34...kinda thought I was too young to have to worry about this
Doctor :   Yes, age after 40 is risky
Doctor :   With you no risk factors, I take a chance of less than 10%'
User :   Those are good odds then that it is just something benign.
User :   thanks
Doctor :   I hope and think so
User :   Thank you for your time and have a good night
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Lab Tests
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor