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i have a oval mass with a lobulated margin. long axis parallel to skin it is hypoechoic and septated adjacent vascularity. this report has me really scared .  just needing some explanation of these descriptive words.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/ 2/09 11:56am

Hi - Love that medicalese, huh?


Sounds like a cyst - hypoechoic means it's less dense than breast tissue. And a tumor is usually same density or more dense than breast tissue, while a cyst is filled with fluid, and is less dense. Anyway, have they given you a next step? You might need a biopsy, but please don't stress; about 85% of biopsies are negative (no cancer). So, find out what comes next and in the meantime, buttonhole your doc long enoguh for a complete explanation of these findings, OK? Good luck - PJH

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By ohmygod, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 11/02/09