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If you feel a lump in your breast, you know enough to take it seriously. But did you know that a lump in your armpit should be taken just as seriously? Read the following FAQS for informatiton about the types and causes of armpit lumps, and guidance on whether/when to see a doctor if you feel one.
Q. I recently noticed a small lump under my left arm, in my armpit. Could this be a sign of breast cancer? A. It could indeed be a sign of breast cancer, for two reasons. First, breast tissue sometimes extends up into the armpit region. A lump felt in your underarm could in reality be a lump in your breast; you just never realized your breast extended that far. Second, the lymph nodes in your armpit filter out any abnormalities (infections, reactions to drugs, cancer) in the same-side chest wall, arm, or breast. So a lump under your arm may indicate that your lymph nodes have identified, and are trying to fight, cancer cells that have reached them from your breast. Q. Well, now I’m...
Definition Breast 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: Fibroadenoma Other noncancerous tumors of the breast See also: Breast biopsy - open Breast biopsy - stereotactic Breast biopsy - ultrasound (core needle) Mastectomy Alternative Names Lumpectomy; Wide local excision; Breast conservation surgery; Breast sparing surgery; Partial mastectomy Description If 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. ...
You notice a lump in your armpit – something that wasn’t there before. Don’t panic – but don’t brush it off, either. This simple checklist will help you determine whether or not to see the doctor now, or wait until later.
Did you know that your breast tissue extends up into your underarm area? And that your underarm harbors a cluster of lymph nodes, nodes that can become cancerous? And that, therefore, an underarm lump can be a symptom of breast cancer?
No, I didn’t know that, either. But as a well-read breast cancer survivor, I’ve learned a lot over the past 12 years. And a lot of what I’ve learned is when to pursue diagnosis and treatment – and when to simply wait.
An underarm lump, like a mysterious lump anywhere on your body, can be scary. But rather than worry yourself sick, ask yourself the following five questions; the answers will help you determine just how serious that lump might be, and whether to ca...
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