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Q: Hard pebble-like lump on left nipple...........

I first noticed my lump or "pebble" on my left breast back in 02/2006.

I had a mammogram AND an ultar sound done. Before, I had those procedures done. My first doctor couldn't feel the lump and brushed it and said I should see a breast specialist to reduce the size of my breasts and gave me a referal. I went to see another doctor, and after finally taking his hand and MAKING him feel the lump, which a few minutes before he claimed he couldn't fine, he referred me to get the tests done....

The mammogram came back normal - although, according to the doctor, you couldn't see the lump in the x-ray. And, the ultrsound inconclusive....My doctor then asked me to get a biopsy done - which, I never did get done.....But, the lump is still there, it's gotten bigger and it has always been painful. Even when it is just brushed by minimal contact. It even itches every one in a while....And, yet, I can't get it to pop if squeezed. Plus, I always feel a slight pain coming from it......

What is your opinion, please?????

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
10/25/08 7:53pm

My opinion is, you should have had the biopsy back when they recommended; then at least you wouldn't have had to keep worrying about it being cancer, which I believe your're worried about, right? So why not get it biopsied and know what you're dealing with, one way or the other? Pain isn't usually associated with breast cancer, but if the lump is growing, you should definitely have it examined and do what the doctor recommends to figure out what it is, and what to do about it. Don't be scared, now - just call and make the appointment and get it over with. You'll feel better knowing. Good luck -PJH

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By M.D., Community Member— Last Modified: 06/18/12, First Published: 10/25/08