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Lump in breast. Ultrasound confirmed breast cancer. Done surgery. How long could I have had cancer?

I am 35 years old and not at the age for yearly mammograms. After feeling a lump in my breast I had an ultra sound , a mammogram and a biopsy that confirmed I had breast cancer . The size of the tumor at time of my surgery was 1.6 cm. The surgeon originally told me that he estimated I had cancer for about 4 years prior to the surgery but now when asked again how long I may have had it will not give an answer. How long could I have had breast cancer prior to my being able to feel the lump?
Asked On : Fri, 9 Nov 2012
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Dear nada.hines,
It is not possible to tell you exactly the age of this depends upon the tumor doubling time which is differant for differant types of cells. it is the germ cells which grow very fast. Breast tumor is a slow growig tumor and it is possible that yoyr lump may hanave been there for this duration.
Dr. Ticku
Answered: Fri, 16 Nov 2012
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