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Tuesday, September 23, 2008 rlem, Community Member, asks

Q: big hard lump.....

good day....im 34 years old,married...last week i notice a big hard lump on my left breast..Frown.i havent gone to the doctor yet cause im observing it yet..if it will back to normal..cause the portion where i found the hard lump is now a little bit soft....i notice this a week after my period..im so afraid about itCry...is there any possibility that it will turns out into breast cancer?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/23/08 9:44pm

Hi - If the lump disappears in synch with your period, it's probably a hormonal thing. If it stays where it is; and feels hard, and pretty immoveable, it's best to have it checked out. You're very young to experience breast cancer; 95% of the cases are in women over 40 years old. Nevertheless, all breast changes should be taken seriously and checked out by a doctor, specifically to rule out breast cancer and get to the root of whatever the problem might be. So if it doesn't disappear soon— go ahead and make an appointment. Best of luck to you- PJH

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lizt, Community Member
5/28/10 5:17am

Hi.

I was just diagnosed with a big lump in my lower middle part of the breasts, 3.4X 5cm in size.  The lump is hard, painful, and no liquid according to the result of the aspiration.  The biopsy result will be in a week, and I am scared as hell for what the result may be.

I usually experience lumps during my menstural period but they would always be gone after the period.  I have only recently discovered this month that this lump stays there the whole month.

I am 31 years old, single, and I have made long travels to different provinces last month.  Is this anything associated with tiredness? What is probably my condition?  My doctor says it is not cysts since there is no liquid.

 

Please advise, thank you.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/28/10 5:35am

Hi - First, I don't believe you could attribute this lump to travel or fatigue. Please read our breast lump FAQS, and our post on fibrocystic change. It could be a fibroadenoma, which is an overgrowth of breast tissue unrelated to cancer. Or, unfortunately, it could be cancer. One positive factor - cancer lumps usually are painless, while fibroadenomas can be quite painful. I know it's tough waiting for biopsy results, but here in the States, 85% of biopsies are negative; no cancer. So statistically speaking, the odds would be with you. Best of luck - PJH

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lizt, Community Member
5/28/10 6:02am

Hello PJH,

 

Thank you for the very quick response.  This would be a big help for me to worry less about what the result of my biopsy would be.  I'm thinking that is just probably an infection, although the size is very large and there's no liquid from the lump.

Thanks again.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/28/10 6:12am

Well, especially since you've had lumps with your menstrual cycle before, this could very well be another type of lump associated with your cycle. Cysts tend to become larger and smaller, while fibroadenomas, not so much. Good luck - PJH

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lizt, Community Member
5/28/10 6:35am

I see.  Thanks again, so much!

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h40041, Community Member
6/28/14 6:54am

don't worry :) 

most likley it's a fibrocystic change " it's caused by ur hormons espically estrogen " 

and it's benign .. they must have a biopsy to see the histological feature 

cuz very few of them have small risk to develop malegnint cancer 

 

it's painful and tend to be more pronounced just prior to menstrual periods and it's a carastaristic feature to fibrocystic disease or change 

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
6/28/14 6:58am

Thanks for sharing your information.  As you point out most lumps are not cancer.  Of course, if a lump doesn't disappear after your menstural period, then it needs to be checked out by a doctor and might need a biopsy.

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Jessi60804, Community Member
5/31/11 8:56pm
Hi I saw this post and I'm not sure how to put but here it goes I'm 24 and already had a ultrasound in breast because I had a lump in my breast well this happens about a year ago my doctor said just to come back if I had pain well about a month ago my breast started hurting when I checked I have a bigger lump by my arm pit but the other one is gone I'm not sure am I too young to have a mammogram ? Reply
PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/31/11 9:11pm

No, Jessi, you're not too young for a mammogram. Luckily, at your age this is much more likely to be a painful cyst or harmless fibroadenoma, both signs of fibrocystic change - which produces the symptoms you describe, and which is very common in women your age. Please call your doctor and tell him/her about this new lump, and ask for a screening mammogram; apparently the ultrasound last time was inconclusive, I assume? All signs point to this NOT being cancer, but you still have to rule it out - so call your doctor and ask what the next steps would be, as far as screening to determine exactly what's causing this lump. Best of luck to you - PJH

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Jessi60804, Community Member
5/31/11 9:21pm
Can this be related to me having a real bad breast infection 2 years ago ?thank you so much for your reply and yes the results just said I had a mass and to make a appointment later . Reply
PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/31/11 9:32pm

If the lump is new, then it's probably not related to the breast infection, Jessi. But cysts can definitely come and go, become larger and smaller, be painful, and then not... So don't settle for "a mass" - they should be able to tell you more than that, OK? Take care- PJH

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Jessi60804, Community Member
5/31/11 9:55pm
Thank you so much I am going to check it out and I changed doctor I felt like my old doctor was not listening and if the lumps feel different does that matter the first one was really hard felt like a marble and this one is large it feels like a ball but much softer i really appreciate your answers . Reply
PJ Hamel, Health Guide
6/ 1/11 5:16am

Yes, the texture and feelng of lumps does matter. A softer lump is more likely to be a fluid-filled cyst. I'm glad you're getting a new doctor; it's frustrating when you're not taken seriously, isn't it? Kudos to you for taking charge of your health and really advocating for yourself! Take care- PJH

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Leiden Jel, Community Member
6/ 1/11 6:09am

Hi it's me again.  I am so confused now with the surgeon because he wanted to remove my breast cyst (firboadenoma as ultrasound found out, 1.1*1.2cm, movable, non-tender and hard), he wanted operation with it.  What should I do?  I didn't follow HIM(surgeon) but maybe better go for another surgeon for an another opinion. I have this cyst in my left breast last DECEMBER,2010 and until now I still have it, it's painless but I am so worried because I can't work if I can't pass the medical exam.Frown Can it be seen by a CHEST X-RAY?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
6/ 1/11 6:57am

No, a chest X-ray isn't designed to pick up tissue lesions in your breast. Sometimes surgeons want to remove fibroadenomas because they're painful or large; sometimes, because they feel they're "suspicious." I'd definitely get another opinion, if possible. Surgeons often disagree on the treatment for fibroadenomas, so it's best to hear a possibly differing viewpoint, then decide which course of action makes most sense to you. Also - I can't imagine a fibroadenoma would cause you to fail a medical exam... it's a basically harmless (though sometimes painful) condition. Good luck - PJH

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Leiden Jel, Community Member
6/ 1/11 8:17am

Thanks so much,,yeah I didn't pass the medical exam.  I can't work if I can't get surgery clearance saying that I am fit to work, but unfortunately the SURGEON didn't want to gave me a clearance unless operation can be done.  He will not issue me a clearance if the cyst can't be removed.  I told him about my condition, I explain it to him but he didn't listened.  Now, I'm preparing for a chest x-ray and hopefully it can't be seen so that I can work..thanks a lot

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
6/ 1/11 10:03am

Wow, never heard of such a thing - that's unfortunate. Hope things work out for you and you can get back to work very soon! PJH

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rich6775, Community Member
1/22/12 1:45pm

I am a 44 y/o wf.  I discovered a very large, hard lump in my right breast around a month ago.  It just seemed to pop up over night.  I finished a round of antibiotics, hoping it was an infection, but to no avail.  I am very scared it's cancer. Just wondering if anybody has ever heard of cancer popping up that big in a short period of time.  Do I need a mammogram or ultra-sound? Please advise.....

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
1/22/12 2:09pm

Hi - This could be cancer; it could also be a host of other issues. But, since this breast lump hasn't changed in a month, you need to go to your doctor and find out what it is. First step: mammogram. If that's inconclusive, they may order an ultrasound or MRI. And possibly a biopsy. But don't stress too much, OK? About 85% of breast biopsies are negative; no cancer. So the odds are definitely on your side that this lump is being caused by something other than cancer. Call your doctor ASAP to get the process started, OK? And let us know what you find out. Take care- PJH

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
1/22/12 5:02pm

Yes, cancer can seem to appear suddenly.  Actually, tumors grow for years before you can feel a lump.  Depending on the position of the lump in the breast, it may seem to pop up literally overnight.  Most often lumps that show up that fast turn out to be cysts, but you can't know for sure without a mammogram, ultrasound, and maybe a biopsy if it is a solid lump.  Has a doctor already seen it and prescribed the antibiotic, or do you live where antibiotics are available over the counter?  Call your doctor on Monday and ask for an appointment as soon as possible.  I hope you get good news.

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Elizabeth, Community Member
9/ 5/13 6:59pm

I woke up this morning with a huge lump (like half my right breast).  This was NOT there when I went to bed.  It was a little tender to the touch, but not very painful.  I freaked out.  Called my OBGYN and she said come right in.  When she touched it she even said "OH MY!"  So she sent me right over to have an ultrasound.  Turns out it's a good size cyst that has ruptured.  (Apparently I am a cyst grower).  It's 4cm so yeah, it's pretty big.  Radiologist said it should be aspirated because, even though it would go away eventually, it's so big, it will take forever and it's painful.  So, if you wake up with a lump that wasn't there the night before, don't freak out.  Usually, overnight lumps are NOT anything serious.  Hope this helps.

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
9/ 5/13 7:37pm
Elizabeth, thanks for sharing your experience. I had several large cysts that needed to be aspirated. It's not a difficult process, and you should see an immediate reduction in pain. The main danger for people who are prone to cysts is that they will ignore a new lump assuming that it is another cyst and end up ignoring a cancerous lump. So you did exactly the right thing seeing your doctor right away. I'm glad your lump was benign. Reply
Elizabeth, Community Member
9/ 5/13 7:42pm

Thanks!  I have NEVER experienced anything like this.  As soon as I sat up in the bed, I knew it was there.  I didn't even have to feel it with my fingers.  Very strange.  I knew I had cysts, because every time I have a mammogram, I get called back in for an ultrasound.  I just had a mammo like four weeks ago, so I figured it wasn't a mass, but I was still scared!  It was so HUGE!  I had an aspiration years ago (back when they aspirated everything) and it wasn't too bad; but that cyst was so small I didn't even know I had it.  This one will probably be a little more painful, but I don't care.  I really want this thing gone!  I just wanted to post something so if someone else wakes up with one of these, they won't be so scared!  Thanks!

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
9/ 5/13 7:54pm
Actually, you may find that aspirating a large cyst is easier than a small one because they are usually closer to the surface and easier for the surgeon to find. At least, that was my experience with the ones I had aspirated. I hope it goes well for you. Reply
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