Breast lump, but no pain???

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prayerwings
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   Posted 9/7/2008 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had a lump in my breast for at least 6 months, but there is no pain or soreness. The lump is about 1 inch long, and half an inch wide. Should I be concerned. Does breast cancer always come with pain? Does no pain equal no worry? I am 34 years old. My mom had breast cancer 8 years ago.

JUJU8872
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   Posted 9/7/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, there. I see no one has responded to your post. It is the weekend, so I suspect many of our more experienced members have not signed in. Maybe I can give you some information. First, breast cancer almost never "hurts", but that is not always the case. Second, most lumps are benign, so please rest easy until you investigate further. I urge you to make an appointment with your doctor right away. While you are very young, you do have a history in you family. Some other ladies will sign in soon with other words of comfort and advice, but they  will and I do urge you to call your doctor tomorrow and make an appointment. Tell your the office that  the lump has been there for a while. Then, go to the appointment, and let us know what is going on.
 
Judy
 
 

babyseeester
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   Posted 9/7/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy is right, usually breast cancer does not hurt.  I am the exception.  I don't want to scare you, but your lump sounds similar to mine in shape.  That's why I didn't get it checked right away.  It wasn't the typical round lump you think about.  Mine was on the outer edge of the right breast.  Mine started to hurt and I could feel it getting bigger, so that is when I finally got it checked.
 
I urge you to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can.  That way, if it is nothing, you can ease your mind.  Since your mother had it, that increases your risk, so the doctor should do what is necessary to find out what it is. 
 
A piece of advise given frequently here - don't worry until you have something to worry about!  Get it checked and let us know what happens.
L & H,
Kathy


prayerwings
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   Posted 9/7/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks.

Actually my breasts are quite small and had been naturally somewhat lumpy and of uneven texture. Probably because I have so little fat. So for a long time I could not tell if this lump was just normal. But recently my breasts have smoothed out some, and this one lump is more defined. I've also lost a lot of weight recently, though I'm already thin, so now it is easier to feel this lump in my small breast. The lump is long but kind of flat. Not standing out.

Although I am young, I have already finished menopause, since having a hysterectomy for cancer 6 years ago. I also have fibromyalia.

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   Posted 9/7/2008 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a fairly solid area in one breast that showed up as fibrocystic mass on my mammogram. Many years later there was a small bump on that mass. It was not painful at all, but it was cancer. Some have pain with breast cancer and others have none. You need to call your doctor and get this checked. Take care and let us know what you find out. Eighty percent of breast lumps are not cancer, so the odds are on your side. Still, you need to know. Lauri

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prayerwings
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   Posted 9/8/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I am trying to get an appointment at a local hospital. I am American but living in Taiwan; I'm not sure what the procedure for testing is here.

My friend told me that they will probably need to use a needle to take a sample, a biopsy. But she says that, if it is cancer, this test also increases the risk of spread, as the cancer cells can escape out into the body more easily. She said that cancer cells are basically contained inside the tumor, but if the outer wall is broken, then the cells spread more quickly. Does that make sense? Have you heard of that?

Are there any specific tests I should ask for or expect?

gma
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   Posted 9/8/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
The needle biopsy was a big break through in breast cancer studies, so I doubt your friend is correct about the cells getting out of the tumor. I have never heard of that happening. What the test will tell if it is cancer is the type of cancer and whether or not to have a mastectomy or a surgical biopsy of the whole tumor. Needle biopsy is great unless the needle somehow misses the area but I haven't heard of that happening either. I really prefer surgical biopsy which is done in day surgery and is not a big deal at all. You can go back to work the next day if you don't do heavy lifting, etc. which could cause problems with the incision. Let us know. Hugs MK


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   Posted 9/12/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   

 

 about 3 years ago, I too felt this small lump on the right side of my right breast. I ignored it thinking I am only 35, I am too young for something of this kind.    As time went by, I really started to get worried when I started to feel a little pain in that area. I did some research and talked with some people, but was told "Cancer doesn't Hurt".  So again, I ignored it until the pain got worse. When I finally went to see a Dr. it had grown twice the size.

The doc sent me immediately to the Cancer center to be tested. My tumor was over 10cm big and at a Stage 3B. That was the scariest thing ever. And to think I just ignored it. I am proud to say, that I am now Cancer Free! It has been a very long hard road, but I managed to make it through everyday. My message is to never ignore the signs. If you catch it early, it is so much better and easier to overcome. It is very important to be checked and mind easing to know. Don't hesitate another minute, call your Doctor, make the important call, and free yourself of the worry and not knowing.  And if you find out that it is not so severe, you will still have the satisfaction of knowing that you  took a huge step of survival in this crazy crazy world. God Bless You and I wish you the best.

 Proud Cancer Survivor who just ignored the signs and let it take over.


shaan
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   Posted 9/20/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

you said that lump in your breast was not hearted you but normally breast cancer of small lump under the breasts are not hearted, but you have this problem that you have to go to the doctor for surgery of your lump. if you want more information about what is lump under breast you can see the page which i provide below.

Breast Cancer - http://bodyhealthdebate.co.uk

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BrittneyL9
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   Posted 3/26/2012 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a teen with the exact same lump (in size) that also doesn't hurt.

barkyboys
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   Posted 3/29/2012 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Breast cancer is very rare in teens, and lumpy breasts are very common. I don't think you should be too worried that this might be cancer, but I don't think it would be out of the question to talk to your doctor about this. Planned Parenthood also has doctors who will do breast exams, if you don't feel comfortable talking to your family doctor. If you have breasts, you are not too young to be educated about your breasts and how to do monthly breast exams on yourself. If you learn what is normal for you, then you will know when there is something new or different that warrants a doctor's attention. So get it checked out, and ask about how to do those breast exams.

Hugs...
BEV
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BilliG
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   Posted 4/3/2012 4:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
My mother is 59 and was on HRT for quite a while when she went through menopause.  She can feel a lump below her armpit region and had a mamogram at the Dr's.  The Dr informed her that since it wasnt painful that there is nothing to worry about and the nurse said the same thing.  I just wanted to verify that a mamogram would be sufficient in being able to pass this kind of comment or whether further investigation should have been carried out just in case?
 
Any advice welcome!
 
Thanks,
Billi

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   Posted 4/3/2012 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Mammogram is not the be-all and end-all. Cancers are missed on mammograms, typically in younger women, though. However, a mammogram is not necessarily going to determine what this lump in the armpit is. They don't do mammograms on the armpit, they do mammograms on breasts. So it doesn't answer the question of why there is a lump in your mom's armpit. It just means that she probably doesn't have breast cancer.

Enlarged lymph nodes can indicate lots of different things, from infection to cancer. It could also be a cyst, in which case it is nothing to worry about. Personally, I would want to know what, for sure, it is... lymph node or cyst. If it is a node, why is it enlarged?

Hope this helps...
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BEV
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mrslovelycat
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   Posted 4/4/2012 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
First you need to go get it checked out right now.

I recently had a mammo and they found a "round dense mass."
I freaked out. I immediatly assumed the worst.

After my ultrasound, and second mammo it was a Fibroadenoma tumor. Benign tumor. Those types of tumors can grow, but are usually painless. They are soft and squishy and move around.
My sister had her mammo last month, they found a very small -what they think is- a benign cyst. They want her back in three months to get it rechecked for growth.

Get yourself checked asap, to ease your mind if not more than anything.
Good luck!
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