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Q: I have a hard golf ball size lump that is tender to touch. is it cancer

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
11/ 2/08 7:03am

Most of the time cancerous lumps do not hurt, but only a doctor can evaluate the lump to be sure.  A mammogram and ultrasound can determine if it is a cyst.  Cysts can be drained to relieve the pain.  Draining is a simple procedure in the doctor's office.  If it turns out to be a solid lump, a biopsy may need to be done to rule out cancer.  The vast majority of lumps that are biopsied turn out not to be cancer.  So the answer to your question "Is it cancer?" is probably not, but a doctor will need to check it out.

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carol g, Community Member
2/ 1/11 10:05am

I have the same problem right now I have a dr appointment next thur it is scary thinking the large lump might be cancer my lump feels like the size of a  a golf ball  when I touch it hurts and there is a red spot like dry skin on top its on my left breast only and is on upper lobe arrea  It seem when I take a hot bath it goes down a some  I'm 53 years old and have really just went thru meneapause so I'm scared My husb says for me to quit worrying till I see the Dr I called Dr yesterday to make appointment and was crying afraid I might have cancer  I can't hardly sleep worrying 

Carol  

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
2/ 1/11 12:24pm

Carol, a large lump that suddenly appears, is visible from outside your breast, seems to subside when heat is applied, and hurts sounds much more like an infection or a cyst than breast cancer. The vast majority of breast lumps are NOT cancer; but, since some are, we always have to take it seriuosly when one appears, and get it checked by the doctor.

 

It's understandable you're nervous; anyone would be. But given the odds are very much in your favor that this lump isn't cancer, I hope you can take a deep breath, and try to let go of some of your worry. Even if you DO have cancer - it's very treatable these days. Millions of us have survived breast cancer; it's simply not the killer it used to be.

 

So, take heart. Oh, and one more thing: if the lump seems to be getting worse quickly (e.g., your breast seems infected: red, hot, swollen, painful), see the doctor beforecnext Thursday; you probably need some antibiotics. Take care- PJH

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carol g, Community Member
2/ 1/11 2:01pm

Thanks for making me feel a little better it seems to be a little more sore last night but today it isnt sore hardly any  the lump is in my breast on left side   everyone keeps telling not to worry but you as you well know thats hard not to do  I'll just let god help me thru and try to not be so negative and think the worst All things Ive read here have been great sometimes we need to talk to others who have the same problems or issues

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
2/ 1/11 4:09pm

There you go, Carol - talking about this has made you feel a bit better, right? When we share our problems, the burden is lightened... I would never till you not to worry about this! Of course you're going to worry. I just don't want you to panic. It's probably not cancer. If it is, then you'll deal with it. Life goes on; we go with it. And as you say, God will be with you. PJH

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
2/ 1/11 5:20pm

Carol, as PJ says this lump doesn't sound like a typical breast cancer lump.  Good for you for making an appointment to get it checked out; now try to keep the situation in perspective.  I'm not sure if you meant day after tomorrow or a week from Thursday for your appointment, but it is important to call back and ask to be seen right away if you start running a fever or if the redness starts to spread.  Good luck; I hope you get good news that will set your mind at ease.

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Cujo, Community Member
9/27/11 7:58pm

Carol how did you make out   what was the cause of your problem

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