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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Does soreness and lump in breast indicate breast cancer?

yesterday I noticed some soreness in my l breast. on further looking there is about 1 inch lump with it seems larger and itches. I am 67 yrs old. this is not a lump you have to mash to feel it can be felt by lightly running my fingers across This. And this is the week end so I am experiencing anxiety as to if it could be breast cancer.
Thu, 4 Dec 2014
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,
Soreness in breast along with lump does not necessarily suggest breast cancer.
An aspiration cytology is required for the breast lump.
In aspiration cytology, cells are aspirated using a needle, spread on a glass slide and stained with appropriate stain.
The nature and character of the lesion is determined by examining the cells under the microscope.
In addition, other investigations like mammography is also required.
Soreness of breast is more in favor of non-neoplastic lesion like fibroadenosis.
Fibroadenosis is a condition wherein there is soreness and pain in breasts especially during menstruation.
An irregular lump may also be present in the breasts.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
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