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Tuesday, September 09, 2008 jshua, Community Member, asks

Q: Pea sized lump in armpit

I have a pea-sized lump in my armpit that is hard, painless, unmoveable and a bit below the skin (I can't feel it unless I push on it.)  Is this something to worry about?  I am going for my annual mammogram, so I figure that should take care of it, but I read that a regular mammogram won't help with under the arm.  Should I mention this to my doctor? 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/ 9/08 8:28pm

Hi  Yes, I think you should mention this to your doctor. As you said, a mammogram isn't going to look at a lump in your armpit. Any lumps, in either breast or armpit, should be taken seriously. So, unfortunately, I think you're going to have to make that 45-minute drive... you really should have this checked, OK? Good luck - PJH


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mam, Community Member
9/10/08 3:33pm

My wife had regular mammograms and they all came up clear.  She found a lump in her armpit and went to her GP who gave her some antibiotics and said to follow up in a couple of weeks. When it didn't go away she then went to a surgeon to have the lump removed and biopsied and the biopsy came back showing that the swollen lymphnode was cancerous and was related to an ER+ breast cancer.  She had follow up MRIs and PET scans but there was absolutely no sign of the source tumor.  Since the source was not found she first underwent Chemo and then had a double mastectomy.  Five years later she is doing well and now trying to make the decision as to whether she should continue on arimidex.  I hope you have better luck with your lump, but based on my wife's experience I'd get it checked out as soon as possible

Amy Luley, Community Member
9/17/08 8:06pm

I too have the same thing.  I am very worried and haven't been feelong good.  I have to go to county clinic because the hospital emergency room would not treat me.  I too am very scaRED.  I have already been on antibiotics but it is still there.  I will find a way without insurance because i don't want to die.

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By jshua, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/17/14, First Published: 09/09/08