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Lump under bruise on breast, occasional breast pain. Sign of breast cancer?

I have a lump under a bruise on my left breast and i don t know how the bruise got there. i have no memory of injury myself but, i didn t see the bruise until it had already started to fade. it s amazing to me because my bath tub, which i use daily, has huge mirrors around it so, how did i not notice the bruise when it was fresher and darker..and, how did my husband not notice it? it s above where the areola starts. the lump is a little larger than a pea, hard, doesn t move, and that breast feels kinda achy when i move around and, the nipple feels a little like it does when i m pregnant...just more sensitive. i do self breast exams fairly regularly and if i had to guess when the last one i did was, i d say right before christmas so, a couple of months ago and, i didn t feel this lump. it s very obvious so, i don t think it was there then. i m a 46yr old Mom of 4 and, i nursed 3 of my babies. i thought that kinda helped rule me out as far as breast cancer is concerned. no med history on my Mom s side (she s adopted) and, on my father s, he has 2 sisters who had aggressive forms of breast cancer. one lived, the other didn t and, the one who did live had a double mastectomy . i look and i m built like the one who lived. don t know if that matters or not. i m freaking out.. i m going to the doctor tomorrow.. just thought if someone was online who could keep me from a total meltdown, that d be great.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013
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Hi, thanks for the query ,
I know, the awareness about breast cancer is so much that every one freaks out at any small lump and bump of the breast.. and it's fair enough . because a CA breast if detected early in first stage has chance of 100% cure...
Well ,your lump in the breast does need attention. It would be good to get a breast examination done by a gynaec or surgeon, followed by a mammogram to diagnose your breast lump . Every breast lump need not be a cancer , so don't worry ... it could be some benign breast disorder...
Just relax and get yourself examined and investigated...
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