• 2scoops 2scoops
    March 11, 2009
    Can a mass be benign even when lymph nodes are enlarged?
    2scoops 2scoops
    March 11, 2009

    I am 60 years old with no family history of breast cancer and in good health otherwise. I had just had a mamogram in July which was fine and then around December found this very small knot under my arm pit. I had it checked today and my doctor said that I had felt the largest one and that there was a string of three.  She examined my breast and found a mass.  She is sending me for a diagnostic mamogram.  What is that?  And she is sending me to a doctor that does biopsies. 

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    March 12, 2009
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    March 12, 2009

    Hi - With some lumps both under your arm and in your breast, you need some diagnostic testing to see what's going on. A mammogram will locate the mass more specifically, and will tell the doctor whether it looks like a tumor —in which case you'd need a biopsy. Sounds like you're going to have one no matter what? The knots under your arm will be examined by removing them, probably. All of this is to determine if you have cancer. It's good you're going through this testing—you never want to ignore lumps in your breast or under your arm. Good luck to you with the results - PJH


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