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Q. I felt a lump under my arm, in the area of my armpit, not in my breast. So that means I don’t have to worry about breast cancer, right? A. Wrong. Your breasts don’t begin and end right there front and center on your chest; breast tissue can actually stretch up under the arm. In addition, there are a number of lymph nodes in your armpits that, when swollen, are a sign your body is fighting an infection… or cancer. Previous Breast Cancer Symptom: Dimpled SkinNext Breast Cancer Symptom: Swelling and Hot Sensation
DefinitionBreast lump removal, called lumpectomy, is surgery to remove a breast cancer or other lump in the breast, along with some surrounding tissue from the breast.This article covers lumpectomy that is done to remove breast cancer. Other reasons to perform a lumpectomy include:FibroadenomaOther noncancerous tumors of the breastSee also:Breast biopsy - openBreast biopsy - stereotacticBreast biopsy - ultrasound (core needle)MastectomyAlternative NamesLumpectomy; Wide local excision; Breast conservation surgery; Breast sparing surgery; Partial mastectomyDescriptionIf the breast cancer can be seen on a mammogram or ultrasound but the doctor cannot feel the cancer on a physical exam, a wire localization will be done before the surgery:A radiologist will use a mammogram or ultrasound to place a needle (or needles) in or near the abnormal breast area.This will help the surgeon know where the cancer is so that it can be removed.Breast lump removal is usually done in an outpatient clinic. ...
No Evidence Breast Self-Exams Cut Cancer Deaths
Thus read the headline in yesterday’s Washington Post. Yet another study, this one by the Nordic Cochrane Center (an independent research and information center in Denmark) confirms a 2003 study of breast self-exams and their relation to breast cancer deaths.
Bottom line: Women who religiously do a BSE (breast self exam) every month are no less likely to die of breast cancer than women who don’t.That same organization recently compiled and released results of a number of studies concerning the effectiveness of mammography in reducing breast cancer deaths. Bottom line on that one? “… for every 2000 women invited for screening throughout 10 years, one will have her life prolonged. In addition, 10 healthy women, who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be diagnosed as breast cancer patients and will be treated unnecessarily. It is thus not clear whether screening does mor...
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