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Q: Where are the lumps usually found on the breast?

I went for my annual four days ago and nurse found a small lump on breast. The small lump is underneath my breast and she said there was no way I could of felt it. The lump is not stationary, but moves around. What does that mean and where are the lumps usually found on the breast?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/ 8/09 10:45am

Hi Sandra: Hopefully the nurse is sending you for a mammogram? All new breast lumps, unless they come and go in synch with your period, should be examined and diagnosed. Generally speaking, and this is very general, more breast cancer lumps are found in the upper/outer quadrant than in other locations. Also, generally speaking, breast cancer lumps are fixed in place, not moveable. You may very well have a cyst or a fibroadenoma. But anyway, as I said, I hope you're being scheduled for forther testing. Good luck - PJH

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Sandra, Community Member
8/ 8/09 7:05pm

Thank you so much for responding to my question. The doctor scheduled me for a mammogram on the 26th of this month and I dont understand why they can't do it sooner. I guess I will have to be patient and wait. Thank you.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/ 8/09 9:28pm

Usually they don't rush mammograms because A), most breast lumps aren't cancer, and B) even if they are, breast cancer is almost always very slow-growing, so waiting a couple of weeks won't matter. Seems kind of heartless, but that's the way it works. Anyway, if they were REALLY worried, they'd get you in sooner, right? So take it as a good sign that they're having you wait. Hope things turn out well for you - PJH

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sandra, Community Member
8/18/09 8:15pm

No offense...but that is horrible advice.  How can you say that breast cancer is usually slow growing???  Depends upon the breast cancer.  Triple negative BC is actually very aggressive and waiting is not a good thing.  My gyn told me not to worry about a lump that I found.  I was 40 whith is young and had a mammo about 9 months before I felt the lump and everything was fine.  After a month of being extremely worried, I insisted that I have a mammo and an MRI done.  My dr shook his head and told me to wait until 3 more months when it would be a year.  Well I refused to leave his office, until I got what I wanted.  Well he finally agreed and 2 days later I had a mamo. Turns out, after more mammos, MRIs, sonos and finally a biopsy, I was diagnosed with stage 2B cancer.  And Yes it was already in the lymph nodes.  This was a fast, aggressive cancer and if I would have waited another 3 months, my results could have been a lot worse.

Yes everyone is different, but if you're worried about your body, do something about it, get a mammo and feel better, don't listen to people who don't know what they are talking about.  Hopefully  they are right and its nothing, but what if its not.  Please check it out!!!

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/18/09 8:25pm

Breast cancer usually IS slow growing; triple-negative cancers are unusual, as is IBC, another fast-growing cancer. I'm not advising everyont to wait endless months to get a lump checked out; but neither do I advocate everyone demanding a mammogram the same day they feel a lump. There's a middle ground here - a sensible plan. Waiting three months to check out a lump via mammogram is NOT a good idea, and I'm surprised that's what your doctor advocated. But waiting a week or two, while they shoehorn you into their schedule? FOR MOST WOMEN, perfectly OK. It's up to the individual woman to call her shots; you called yours right by demanding an immediate mammogram; I called mine right by not being at all upset about a 2 1/2 month-wait from diagnosis to surgery.

 

Thanks for your feedback - much appreciated! PJH

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By Sandra, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 08/08/09