The lump is hard, painless, immoveable, and a bit below the skin. I'm going for my annual mammogram soon, but I read that a regular mammogram won't see a lump under the arm. Should I mention this to my doctor?
Yes, definitely mention this armpit lump to your doctor. Some GPs don't think to check in the armpits during a clinical breast exam, and it's important that they do so. As you said, a mammogram isn't going to find a lump in your armpit.
Any lumps, either a breast lump or in the armpit, should be taken seriously. This lump could be a sign of fibrocystic change, a condition that many women experience. While not dangerous, it does produce lumps and sometimes breast pain.
If your doctor dismisses the lump as "nothing to worry about," please press for further information, perhaps even a biopsy. It's important that this lump – like any breast lump – be taken seriously.
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
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.