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Breast Cancer

Hard, rough lump

04/17/2009

Question:

A few months ago I went to my GP because my breasts were extremely painful and I`d located a lump in my left breast near the armpit. It`s relatively hard, lumpy and about the size of a quarter and it`s always in that same spot, but I can sort of shift it slightly. He dx fibrocystic breasts and sent me home, but should I have further testing? I`m 30 and both my grandmothers have breast cancer, but didn`t develop it until their 70`s. The pain is much better since cutting out caffeine, but the lump is still there.

Answer:

It should definitely be evaluated.  Breast cancers are generally not painful, but a mammogram or ultrasound may be necessary to assure that the lump is in fact benign.

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Response by:

Doreen M Agnese, MD Doreen M Agnese, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University