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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Is breast lumps and pain sign of breast cancer?

hi i recently went to the doctors because one of my breasts felt heavy all the time and i had an aching under my arm. when she did a breast exam she found a lump in one and some thickening of the tissue in another, my next appointment is not for a week and im terribly worried i know you cant say for sure but can you tell me if in your opinion it sounds like breast cancer?

many thanks

Mon, 6 Oct 2014
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Welcome to health care magic.

1.If you had included your age that would have been more helpful. However if reproductive age group - the possible cases could be ductal dilatation, breast inflammatory changes feels like lumps.

2.Any where after 40 years with or with out family history can suggest possibilities of malignancy.

3.Othere possible causes of lumpy feeling cyclical breast pain / heavy ness can be seen in hormonal imbalance - for which hormonal treatment is given.

4.The next step you need to get an ultrasound scan, the ultrasound scan will detect the lump, its nature, its source and extensions. In case of mass lesion an FNAC - fine needle aspiration cytology will assess the nature of the cells involved.

5.In case you are above 40 years a mammogram correlation for the micro calcifications should be done.
Good luck.

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